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Closed Movie Theaters Leave Void From Small Towns to Big Cities

More than 600 remain shut almost two years after the onset of the pandemic

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Almost two years into the Covid-19 pandemic, about 630 movie theaters remain closed across North America. And many may never reopen.

The casualties stretch across the continent, afflicting big chains like AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. and mom-and-pop outfits. They’re shut in small towns, like Devils Lake, North Dakota, and in the heart of Hollywood, where plywood has been nailed over the windows of Los Angeles’ iconic Cinerama Dome.