Few new movies, small crowds: Can AMC and B&B theaters survive the pandemic?

At AMC Town Center in the Kansas City suburb of Leawood, Kan., the 20-screen complex has a few recent offerings: There’s a new comedy starring Robert DeNiro and Rob Riggle, Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” and a thriller with Russell Crowe.But it’s the oldies that tell the story of how the coronavirus pandemic has shaped the movie theater industry. The multiplex is showing classics like “The Shining,” “Hocus Pocus” and “Monsters, Inc.,” all more than a quarter-century past their initial theater debuts.The lack of new releases has been a major impediment for movie theaters, which have been uniquely …

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