Blizzard: AMC Closing Boston Theaters, Broadway to Stay Open

Brent Lang
February 8, 2013
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Blizzard: AMC and Regal Closing Theaters, Broadway to Stay Open (Updated)

AMC is closing more than a half-dozen locations in the Boston area as the Northeast braces for a major blizzard.

Snow started to blanket New England and other parts of the Eastern seaboard on Friday, with meteorologists predicting that up to three feet could fall throughout the region. So far, closures remain at a minimum, but the storm, which has been dubbed Nemo, is expected to lead to several cancelations.

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A spokesman for AMC said that several of the company's Massachusetts theaters, including its Boston Commons location and outposts in suburbs like Danbury and Dartmouth, will shut their doors no later than 4 p.m. on Friday. Theaters in the city are expected to reopen by noon on Sunday, while theaters in neighboring communities could reopen Saturday if the weather conditions improve.

The Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline (pictured), one of the Boston area's most popular independent movie houses, shut down all day Friday.

In New York City, all Broadway theaters plan to remain open and performances will continue as scheduled, a spokeswoman for the Broadway League told TheWrap.

Likewise, a spokesman for Regal Cinemas, which operates 20 theaters in New England, said there are currently no plans to close any locations.

A spokeswoman for National Amusements, one of the biggest theater chains in the region, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The Twitter feed of Showcase Cinemas, National Amusements' chain of theaters, did provide some words of warning, though it offered no specifics about any closures.

"Everyone! Please be safe in any storms that you may find yourself in this today! :)," the company tweeted. 

Tim Molloy contributed to this report.

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