As ‘Tenet’ Nears Release, AMC Expects To Be “Fully Open” In July

The fates of AMC Theaters and Christopher Nolan’s Tenet are inextricably linked, and it’s all coming to a head next month. The theater chain’s financial woes are well-documented at this point, with many seeing the Warner Bros. release as a potential lifeline, not only for them but the entire industry. By the same token, what’s the point of releasing Nolan’s pricey blockbuster if the largest venues in the world are closed? Well, according to AMC CEO Adam Aron, that should no longer be a concern.

On a recent earnings call (via THR), Aron says AMC Theaters will be “fully open globally in July.”  That timing is perfect for Tenet, which is set to open on July 17th, making it among the first major studio films of the summer. AMC has been teetering on the brink of financial ruin for a long time, and recently expressed concern they might not be able to pull out of it. Suffering a $2.17B quarterly loss due to the COVID-19 outbreak, as revealed during the call, only made an already-terrible situation far worse.

This is a bit of bright news, though, that AMC will at least be able to give themselves a fair shot. Of course, nothing is certain at this point. But with Cinemark and Regal likely to follow a similar schedule, it does look as if Tenet will be available everywhere for those who want to venture out and see it.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.