The operator of one of Broome County's biggest movie theater complex has scuttled efforts to reopen operations in New York State.

In fact, Regal Cinemas has announced it will close all of its theater operations across the United States on Thursday.

Regal complexes in Pennsylvania and most other states had reopened at limited capacity with COVID-19 safety precautions in place.

A sign at the Regal Cinemas complex in the Town of Dickinson on March 13, 2020. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Regal's parent company, Cineworld, announced the impending shutdown on Monday, citing "an increasingly challenging theatrical landscape." The decision affects 536 Regal locations across the nation.

Regal noted studios have been reluctant to release big films because theaters remained closed in major markets like New York.

The company's Town of Dickinson location was closed in March because of the pandemic.

About 40,000 Regal employees in the United States are affected by the company's closing decision.

The Regal website had not been updated as of early Monday afternoon. It still indicated the Binghamton location would be "opening soon."

The Regal Cinemas website on October 5, 2020. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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