Hurricane Ian Forces 80 Florida Movie Theaters To Close
With Hurricane Ian en route to hit Florida’s Gulf Coast on Wednesday morning, Deadline hears that nearly 80 movie theaters have closed throughout Tampa, Orlando, the Panhandle and southwestern part of the state.
This includes such properties as the spruced-up Regal Naples, the Regal Hollywood 18, the AMC Veterans Expressway 24 in Tampa, the AMC Woodlands Square 20 in Oldsmar, the Regal Gulf Coast in Fort Myers, among several others.
Many already have closed today to wait out this big storm, which is seeing more than 2.5 million ordered to evacuate the state, the latter stat according to CNN.
And it’s not just movie theaters that closed — most grocery stores too.
The pic is expected to ease by around 55% this coming weekend as Paramount’s horror movie Smile spots a high-teens start and Universal’s Billy Eichner LGBTQ romantic comedy Bros eyes a high-single-digit start.
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