AMC cutting theater crowds by 50% to help with ‘social distancing,’ prevent spread of coronavirus

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LEAWOOD, Kan. — AMC Theaters is cutting its ticket availability to help with “social distancing” and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The Leawood-based movie theater company announced Friday it will cut tickets to every showing by 50% of the auditoriums’ seat capacity.

And in theater auditoriums with more than 500 seats, AMC will go even further by capping tickets at 250 people.

That means there will be more space between guests.

The change will begin Saturday and continue until April 30.

It’s all part of the CDC’s social distancing recommendation, which includes reducing large events and the number of people at events, increasing space between people and more.

AMC said it’s also taking aggressive steps to keep its theaters clean and discourage people with health concerns from coming to the movies at this time.

Along with cleaning theaters between showings, at least once per hour, AMC said staff will be cleaning “high-touch” areas like kiosks, counter tops, restrooms and handrails.

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