Catching a movie on the big screen locally has been made all the more difficult after Regal Cinema, the theater chain that includes Lacey’s Regal Martin Village, announced that it is temporarily closing all of its theaters.
Fans of film on the big screen missed out on multiple summer blockbusters, as theaters all over temporarily closed their doors to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Some chains have cautiously reopened, with stringent safety measures in place.
Regal Martin Village’s closing — along with the ongoing temporary closure of the historic Capitol Theater in downtown Olympia — limits the local options of a big-screen movie experience to Century Olympia in the Capitol Mall.
Film studios have delayed releasing new films, after major film markets — like New York City — remain closed, reads a press release from Cineworld, Regal’s parent company. Without a pipeline of new films, theaters have nothing to show.
The shutdown includes 536 theaters nationwide, and furloughs approximately 40,000 employees.
Signs taped to Regal Martin Village’s windows say the theater is closed until further notice.