A few months ago we were reporting that Regal Cinemas may have to close for good due to the pandemic.

Back in October this was the Tweet from Cineworld, the parent company of Regal Cinema's.

According to nbcconnecticut.com, we're now learning that thanks to a deal with Warner Brothers, the movie chain -- which is the second largest in the country, will actually be re-opening sometime in April. Cineworld operates 536 outlets in the U.S. including Regal Cinemas Connecticut locations in Branford, Waterbury, Pawcatuck and Waterford.

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The Warner Brothers/Cineworld deal includes an agreement to showcase Warner Brothers films Godzilla vs Kong during the first weekend they re-open, and then Mortal Kombat starting on April 16th.

The new agreement now allows Warner Brothers to have enough screens around the country to open these films in the theater first before being available for in-home viewing on their streaming services like HBO Max.

Here are the bullet points of the agreement between the two parties:

  • Regal Cinemas will re-open around 500 of their theaters in the U.S starting on April 2
  • The chain and Warner Brothers agreed to days and dates that it will showcase certain Warner Brothers Films and secure a 45 day window for films release in 2022 and beyond.                                                                       
  • The company also agreed to re-open since many major markets have relaxed some of the restrictions that kept the theater chain closed for almost six months.

Even though the theaters will be open, there are still local guidelines that restrict how many people can actually be in the theater. Right now, in most cases, attendance can not exceed between 20 and 50 percent.

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