New York’s movie theater chain AMC announced it will cancel movie tickets on Jan. 1 due to the U.S. presidential election.
The announcement comes as the chain is one of several major theaters in the country that have already decided to cancel movies and other events in response to the inauguration.
The move comes as a growing number of movie theaters across the country have opted to cut back on their moviegoing schedules.
In fact, AMC has said it expects to have fewer than 20 theater locations open by Jan. 2.
“We are canceling events in the United States to allow time for our guests to plan for the day and plan for how they are going to enjoy their time,” AMC said in a statement.
“The decision to cancel events is based on the importance of protecting the security of the American people.
AMC has a very clear message for our patrons: Don’t come to a theater to see a movie.”
The decision comes as other theaters in major markets have decided to limit ticket sales to ensure they are not disrupted by the inauguration and are not able to accommodate the influx of visitors expected to attend the festivities.
The decision comes after Trump’s inauguration was marred by chaos and protests, and he has been criticized for not attending the inauguration in person.
In a statement, AMC said, “We are disappointed that the president is not here to attend this inauguration and that we cannot offer our guests a more convenient and enjoyable experience.
This decision does not reflect our values or the commitment we have to our customers.
We will continue to provide a great theater experience for all of our guests.”
AMC also said it would be reviewing the cancellation policy in the future.
The chain said it has also decided to temporarily suspend bookings for future events at some of its other locations.