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Hurricane Sandy: Hundreds of East Coast Movie Theaters Still Closed

Written By King on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 | 4:00 AM

UPDATED: Box office revenues could be down by as much as 25 percent, representing millions of dollars in losses; all AMC Theaters in Manhattan and Long Island will remain closed through Tuesday.

Roughly 300 movie theaters stretching from the nation's capitol to Boston remained dark on Tuesday in the wake of superstorm Sandy.

There's no word yet on when they'll reopen; the hardest hit areas are New York City, Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut, and it could be days before all theaters there reopen.
As of Tuesday morning, AMC Entertainment said that 79 of its theaters were closed. The circuit operates a total of 483 locations in North America.
AMC announced midday that all theaters in Manhattan and Long Island would remain dark through Tuesday, while Boston and Connecticut theaters will reopen by early evening.
In terms of loss, domestic box office revenues could take a 25 percent hit because of the closures. Revenues came in at roughly $6 million Monday, versus $10 million a year ago (though some of that 39 percent decline was due to an overall soft market).

Theaters in Washington, D.C., and Boston could be back online later on Tuesday or Wednesday, helping to mitigate the damage.
New York City and Los Angeles are the busiest moviegoing markets in the country, with each contributing 10-12 percent of overall grosses.
As long as New York City theaters and suburban New Jersey remain closed -- not to mention multiplexes in low-lying coastal areas -- grosses will continue to suffer.

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