The rules right now in Michigan are a bit of a mess.

But no matter how you draw it up, the last batch of businesses proactively closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic can reopen Friday, Oct. 9.

The list of places that can reopen includes theaters, performance venues, amusement parks, arcades, bingo halls, bowling centers, indoor climbing facilities, indoor dance areas, roller rinks, ice rinks, trampoline parks, carnival or amusement rides, water parks and other similar recreational and entertainment facilities.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-183 – issued Sept. 25 – allowed these businesses to reopen Friday. There’s an argument they could have opened as soon as last Friday, however, as Michigan’s executive orders were struck down by a state Supreme Court ruling that day.

Whitmer’s team argued the orders still have merit for three to four weeks, but other experts disagree. While that question remains in limbo, these entertainment venues are now off the hook from either angle.

Friday marks the first day every Michigan industry can open its businesses under Whitmer’s executive orders – albeit with restrictions.

One exception is bars with 70% of their sales coming from alcohol must still be closed inside, per the orders, although they can operate in outdoor spaces.

Moore Theaters has five theaters in southwest Michigan and are among the venues ready to open Friday for the first time since the pandemic began.

“It’s not a free-for-all,” said Scott Moore, vice president of Moore Theaters. “We’re not going back to 100% (capacity). We’re still going to have to still do these things to make sure we get over this pandemic.”

There was no consideration to opening early, since it takes a few weeks to sort out logistics of getting films in, Moore said. The biggest picture debuting this weekend is “The War

Tina Fey and Jamie Foxx voice characters in Disney Pixar’s “Soul.”

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Disney’s “Soul” will no longer debut in theaters. The new Pixar animated feature will instead arrive on the company’s streaming service Disney+ on December 25.

“We are thrilled to share Pixar’s spectacular and moving ‘Soul’ with audiences direct to Disney+ in December,” said Bob Chapek, CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “A new original Pixar film is always a special occasion, and this truly heartwarming and humorous story about human connection and finding one’s place in the world will be a treat for families to enjoy together this holiday season.”  

The move comes as Cineworld, which owns Regal Cinemas, has closed more than 500 theaters in the U.S. . That loss has forced Disney and other studios to rethink their distribution strategies.

Unlike Disney’s “Mulan,” which skipped theaters to go to Disney+ in September, it appears that “Soul” will be free as part of the traditional streaming on-demand service.

The movement of “Soul” from the calendar is yet another blow to movie theaters. Major cinemas have struggled since reopening in August as attendance has been low and a number of Hollywood blockbusters have postponed into next year.

The delay of “Wonder Woman 1984,” “Black Widow,” “No Time to Die” and more have left a gaping hole in the theatrical calendar. And there are fears that even more films could be pushed in the coming weeks.

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Despite being given the OK to reopen their doors, San Francisco movie theaters will remain closed.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the California and Nevada chapter of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO CV/NV) said San Francisco theaters have elected to remain closed due to a ban on the sale of concessions.

Additionally, limits on seating capacity also are a concern for theaters in the area, one of the nation’s largest moviegoing markets.

“While NATO of CA/NV and its members are grateful that San Francisco city officials are reopening theaters in the city, their proposed solution makes it economically impossible for our members to reopen and significantly limits the moviegoing experience for our audiences,” the chapter said in a statement.

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San Francisco movie theaters have elected to remain closed due to the ban on the sale of concessions. (Getty Images)

Of course, the announcement is a blow to the box office as studios hope business bounces back by the end of the year, in time for potentially lucrative properties such as “Death on the Nile” and “Wonder Woman 1984.”

“While we respect and thank [San Francisco] Mayor [London] Breed for her decision to allow movie theaters to reopen, the restrictions in place present an insurmountable financial challenge for our members to do so and are preventing thousands of workers from returning to work,” NATO CA/NV’s Milton Moritz said in a statement.

CINEWORLD TO CLOSE IN THE US AND UK AFTER ‘NO TIME TO DIE’ DELAY LEAVES IT WITH NO NEW RELEASES TO MARKET

He added: “Our members have taken the steps to meet or exceed expert-backed health and safety measures, and we

Stocks were rising on suggestions that President Donald Trump plans to leave the hospital Monday, and on optimism over a coronavirus relief package.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 341 points, or 1.24%, to 28,024, the S&P 500 was up 1.29% and the Nasdaq rose 1.62%.

TheStreet’s Katherine Ross discussed breaking news in the stock market on Street Lightning. Cramer spoke about movie theater chain Regal, stock valuations and NYC shutdowns.

Regal Entertainment Suspends Operations

Cineworld Group’s Regal Entertainment Holdings said it will temporarily suspend operations at all its American and British movie theaters as crucial sales from expected fall and winter blockbuster movie releases like the next James Bond epic have been postponed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Cramer said it’s time to sell shares of Regal. “It’s sad and I feel the same way about AMC. I thought AMC could get their way out of this because they have got a better balance sheet and raised a lot of money. But these are not cruise ships which raised fortunes. I don’t think movies can (survive) because they are much less capitalized,” Cramer explained.

Shares of  (AMC) – Get Report were down 10.43% on Monday.

Stock Valuations Linked to Politics and Covid-19

Cramer said that the individual stock has so little to do with the actual fundamentals in terms of valuing them. The P/E is directly related to politics and related to the coronavirus disease. “So, if you’re not trying to work on the disease or the testing and medicines that are needed and you’re not paying attention to the President and the stimulus and Speaker Pelosi then all you’re doing is trying to figure out what a company might be worth in the abstract. And that is valueless,” Cramer explained.

NYC Shutdowns Cause For Concern

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Regal Cinemas parent company Cineworld announced on Oct. 5 that it would temporarily close its 536 US theaters as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


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The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the movie business is leading to the temporary closure of Regal’s 536 US theaters, the theater chain’s parent company Cineworld announced on Monday. 

“This is not a decision we made lightly, and we did everything in our power to support a safe and sustainable reopening in the U.S.– from putting in place robust health and safety measures at our theatres to joining our industry in making a collective commitment to the CinemaSafe protocols to reaching out to state and local officials to educate them on these initiatives,” Mooky Greidinger, CEO of Cineworld, said in a statement. 

“We are especially grateful for and proud of the hard work our employees put in to adapt our theatres to the new protocols and cannot underscore enough how difficult this decision was.”

The company attributed the decision to the closure of theaters in major markets like New York and the decision of studios to push off major new releases until next year. Recent postponements include Marvel Studios’ Black Widow being pushed to May 7, 2021, while this past Friday saw the next James Bond film, No Time to Die, getting delayed until next April

“Despite our work, positive feedback from our customers and the fact that there has been no evidence to date linking any COVID cases with cinemas, we have not been given a route to reopen in New York, although other indoor activities – like indoor dining, bowling and casinos were