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AMC is pushing back reopening of most U.S. theaters until mid- to late-August, the exhibitor said Thursday.

Why it matters: AMC and its rivals have been putting off their reopenings further and further as major movie releases are delayed. Most are waiting to time reopenings with Warner Bros. "Tenet," which AT&T says will still debut in theaters, but after being pushed back many times, remains unclear as to when.

Between the lines: AMC has struggled throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this year, the company filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. After pushback, AMC reversed its mask policy to say that face coverings will be required for patrons.

The big picture: Theater chains are under extraordinary business pressure to reopen. The business was already facing pressure from consumers flocking to streaming services. That has accelerated during the pandemic.

  • Internationally, "approximately one-third of all AMC cinemas in Europe and the Middle East are already open and are operating normally," AMC said in its Thursday release.

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Regal Cinemas to temporarily close all 663 of its theaters in the U.S. and U.K.

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British movie exhibitor Cineworld, the parent company to Regal Cinemas, said on Monday that it would temporarily close all 663 of its movie theaters in the United States and the U.K.

Why it matters: Theater chains have struggled to survive the economic fallout of the coronavirus. Some analysts have argued that the pandemic could become the death knell to the theater industry.

Scoop: Gina Haspel threatened to resign over plan to install Kash Patel as CIA deputy

CIA Director Gina Haspel. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

CIA Director Gina Haspel threatened to resign in early December after President Trump cooked up a hasty plan to install loyalist Kash Patel, a former aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), as her deputy, according to three senior administration officials with direct knowledge of the matter.

Why it matters: The revelation stunned national security officials and almost blew up the leadership of the world's most powerful spy agency. Only a series of coincidences — and last minute interventions from Vice President Mike Pence and White House counsel Pat Cipollone — stopped it.

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