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Cinemark, the third-largest movie theater chain in the U.S., had announced a new reopening date for most of its locations. The company had previously planned to open the bulk of its theaters between July 3 and July 17 in anticipation of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. However, with Tenet and Disney’s Mulan now pushed to August, Cinemark has opted to push its opening date to July 24.

The chain recently opened several theaters in Dallas, Texas to test the waters. Following that experiment, they opted to push to July 24. The chain will first open with a selection of movie classics and library titles before new movies begin rolling out on July 31. Russell Crowe’s Unhinged is expected to be the first new movie to arrive. Cinemark CEO Mark Zoradi had this to say in a statement.

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“Cinemark is pleased with the moviegoer response and key learnings from our initial five-theater test-and-learn phase in the Dallas area, and we look forward to welcoming movie fans back into our auditoriums across the country to enjoy this year’s newest films. Our multi-phased reopening plan was thoughtfully designed with multiple contingencies in place that enable us to efficiently adapt to today’s ever-changing environment. We continue to pay close attention to status of the virus, local mandates and availability of new content while prioritizing the health and safety of our guests, employees and communities.”

AMC, Regal and Cinemark all faced backlash recently when their safety measures for reopening were announced. Specifically, the chains initially said that they would require employees to wear masks, but merely encourage guests to wear them. AMC and Regal quickly reversed course following the intense response. Cinemark now says on its website that facemasks will be required as well as part of what they call “The Cinemark Standard.”

While showcasing classics like Back to the Future and The Matrix at a reduced price may be able to entice some moviegoers, big, new titles will be necessary to have any hope of operating a profitable business. Especially considering that theaters will be operating with limited auditorium capacity. Tenet will now arrive on August 12, with Mulan dated for August 21. Bill & Ted Face the Music will follow on August 28. A Quiet Place Part II is currently slated for September 4.

The exhibition side of the movie business has lost billions in potential revenue around the world during the shutdown. Most theaters in the U.S. have been closed since mid-March. Drive-ins have helped to keep the box office alive to some degree, but it is still a mere drop in the bucket compared to what theaters would usually bring in for studios on a given weekend. The big question now is just how willing people will be to return once theaters do reopen. If the response is tepid, we could see more shuffling with the release calendar. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as the situation develops. This news comes to us via Deadline.

Topics: Box Office

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WWE News: Rusev Explains Why He Never Wanted To Date Lana, Recalls Receiving Heat For Getting Engaged

Rusev and Lana — whose real name is CJ Perry — are currently married to each other in real life, but the former has revealed that he wasn’t interested in dating her at first. During a Q&A session on his YouTube channel, by way of Sportskeeda, Rusev admitted that he was hesitant to ask her out originally because he was focusing on his career.

“This was always the thing about me and CJ, I never wanted to date CJ. So, I was working there, and I was specifically focused on my wrestling. I did not care about any of the new women, I did not wanna interact. I did not want to have anything with the new recruits, all recruits, I did not want to date anybody at work. I was strictly focused on working, and that’s it.”

In the video, Rusev went on to discuss how “a friend” of his was into Lana when they became an item on WWE television. He revealed that he encouraged his friend to ask her out while admitting that he felt Lana was out of his league.

However, Rusev and Lana fell for each other while they were working together. He revealed that they used to travel together and texted all the time, which led to them getting to know each other on a personal level. Their romance blossomed from there.

Rusev and Lana remained a couple on WWE television until last year. Lana left him to be with Bobby Lashley as part of a controversial storyline that led to the superstars receiving death threats. Rusev has since left the company after being released back in April, but he and Lana have since started appearing together outside of the ring again. Lana continued to sell the relationship storyline with Lashley after being released in order to gain heat from the fans.

As documented by Sportskeeda, Rusev also opened up about the backstage heat he and Lana received after they got engaged. According to the superstar, the company was mad about them sharing their engagement status on social media as it interfered with a storyline between the pair at the time. However, he revealed that they didn’t receive any heat for getting married and that the company supported the decision.

Rusev’s 90-day non-compete clause will expire this month, and that will leave him free to join other wrestling promotions in the coming weeks. Where he’ll end up remains to be seen.

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