S.I. Regal theater up for lease, according to real estate listing – silive.com
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — With news that movie theaters can reopen on Friday across New York state amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Staten Island’s only North Shore-based movie house is up for lease.
According to Loop. net, the Regal UA Staten Island site, a multiplex with 14 screening rooms at 2474 Forest Ave. in Mariners Harbor, is up for lease.
And while Regal didn’t respond to multiple Advance/SILIive.com requests for comment, Regal Cinemas, which has two Island-based theaters — in Charleston and Mariners Harbor — has yet to announce reopening plans.
Cineworld, which owns Regal theaters and is touted as the world’s second-biggest movie chain, temporarily shuttered all of its U.S. and U.K. theaters in October 2020. Regal furloughed 40,000 U.S. employees in spring 2020, before reopening some theaters in August, according to Knox News. But after the James Bond movie “No Time to Die” was postponed to April 2021, Regal temporarily shuttered all theaters — even in states where movie houses were permitted to be open.
Multiple calls to Regal Cinemas about the chain’s reopening plans by the Advance/SILive.com went unanswered. When contacting the Island-based theaters by phone, a recording plays that says Regal theaters are still temporarily closed.
“Regal has temporarily suspended all operations at all theaters until further notice. This is in response to an extremely challenging theatrical landscape …,” says the recording.
ONLY 2 ISLAND THEATERS TO REOPEN FRIDAY
This leaves only two Island-based theaters opening this Friday when state mandates allow movie houses in New York City to reopen at 25% capacity with no more than 50 people per screening.
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