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Regal parent Cineworld joined AMC on Tuesday in delaying its reopening date, after Hollywood blockbusters “Tenet” and “Mulan” postponed their releases by several weeks amid a resurgence of coronavirus cases.

The chain said it’s pushing the reopening of its US Regal theaters and its UK and Ireland chains from July 10 to July 31.

The move came a day after AMC, the country’s largest movie theater chain, said it would hold off on its July 15 reopening plan and reopen 450 of its more than 600 theaters on July 30 instead. It hopes to be fully operational by early August.

The country’s movie theaters, which have been temporarily closed since March due to the pandemic, had been looking to turn on the lights in early July , and reopen with summer blockbusters “Tenet” and “Mulan.”

But Warner Bros.’ sci-fi thriller ‘Tenet,” which had been set to debut on July 31, postponed its release to August 12 and “Mulan,” Disney’s live-action remake of the animated hit, pushed its debut to August 21 from July 24 after it began to look increasingly likely that the country’s two biggest markets, New York City and Los Angeles, would not reopen in time.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said last week that movie theaters would not be permitted to open until after Phase 4. And the city won’t enter Phase 3 until at least Monday.  As for Los Angeles, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has yet to make any decisions on movie theater reopenings, but it’s looking increasingly likely that he will slow those plans amid a spike in cases in the Golden State.

Meanwhile, Canadian chain Cineplex said it would take a more “phased” approach in reopening its theaters due to the blockbuster postponements. A rep said Tuesday that the chain reopened six theaters in Alberta on June 26, and that it will open select theaters across British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland on July

Like its rivals, Cineplex’s business has been financially damaged by the pandemic. The company said Tuesday that it reported a $178.4 million loss in the first quarter due to the outbreak, as revenues slid 22.4 percent to $282.8 million. First quarter box office revenues fell 29 percent to $111 million.

Last week, the Toronto-based chain adopted a “poison pill” or a “stockholder rights plan,” which is a defensive action against hostile and low-priced takeover attempts that take advantage of weakened stock prices. That move came after Cineworld called off a $2.1 billion bid for Cineplex on June 12, which caused the firm’s stock to plummet from a June high of $11.81 the week before to close the following week at $7.86. .

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    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Vanilla Ice has indefinitely postponed a Texas concert that drew fierce criticism due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    The 1990s rapper with the hit single “Ice Ice Baby” had been scheduled to play a lakeside concert just outside Austin on Friday, but on Thursday he announced it was being postponed.

    “Due to the increase in COVID-19 numbers in Austin we’re gonna move the concert to a better date,” Vanilla Ice tweeted. “We were hoping for better Coronavirus numbers by July but Unfortunately the numbers have increased quite a bit so for the safety and health of everyone we’re going to stay home.”

    Barrett Brannam, who owns the venue where Vanilla Ice had been scheduled to play, said the star — real name Robert Van Winkle — had expressed concern about the health of his fans and himself. Brannam said he didn’t know when the show would be rescheduled.

    “Hard to say. Could be later this summer or not until next summer. We don’t now how long this virus will be around,” he said.

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott last week shut down bars and clubs in an effort to halt what he called a “massive spread” of the coronavirus. But the Emerald Point Bar & Grill is still open and hosting live music because it is a restaurant and performances can take place outside.

    The Vanilla Ice show drew widespread attention — and criticism — when the rapper posted about it on social media Wednesday. Only 84 tickets had been sold before the online ticket broker suspended sales, Brannam said.

    “I take the coronavirus serious. But we can’t live in a bubble,” the rapper tweeted before canceling Thursday. “I think at this point we all understand the severity of it. (P)ractice social distancing and wear a mask. This is an outside venue, Fourth of July on the lake with fireworks. Plenty of room for distancing.”

    The rapper’s management company didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

    Brannam said he hadn’t come under any pressure to cancel the show from state or local governments but he has been swamped with calls of complaints.

    The performer played the same venue last year in front of 1,800 people and is booked for the holiday weekend for the next two years, Brannam said. Friday’s concert was booked in 2019, he said.

    “I didn’t know about COVID when I booked this show. Nobody did,” Brannam said.

    Brannam said the rapper had committed to asking fans to wear masks and follow proper social distancing guidelines. The venue was going to be checking patrons’ temperatures at the entrance and giving a mask to anyone who needed one, he said.

    The restaurant has been hosting live music performances since it reopened in May. Brannam said no one complained until it was a Vanilla Ice concert.

    Brannam said he postponed upcoming concerts by Coolio and Tone Loc next weekend because he wouldn’t lose money.

    “Vanilla Ice, he’s poised for people to poke fun at. Nobody was saying anything until he made his post. That’s when everything went crazy,” Brannam said. “I’m the most hated person on the planet right now over a Vanilla Ice show.”

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