All Los Angeles County AMC movie theaters are now open on Friday after the county moved into the “red” tier this week.
On Monday, the first day theaters were allowed to reopen in L.A. County, AMC welcomed movie goers to their flagship location in Burbank.
As of Friday, all 25 locations in Los Angeles County are operational, including the grand opening of AMC Porter Ranch 9 at the Vineyards at Porter Ranch.
Across the country, AMC said 98% of its U.S. theaters are now open.
On March 15, Los Angeles County entered the “red” tier of the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
Movie theaters are allowed to reopen indoors at 25% capacity with reserved seating only where each group is seated with at least six feet of distance in all directions between any other groups.
Face coverings are required in the theater, except while eating and drinking, according to AMC.
Every auditorium is cleaned between each showtime with enhanced hard surface disinfection including doors, handrails, recliner buttons and tray tables. There is extra time allocated between showtimes to allow a full, thorough cleaning of each auditorium, the company said.
All high-touch areas including door handles, stanchions, service counters, handrails, escalator rails, benches and restroom fixtures are routinely sanitized and disinfected. Self-service Freestyle machines are sanitized routinely, and sanitation stations with sanitizing wipes and/or hand sanitizer are provided immediately nearby for guest use, according to AMC.
Disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer are found throughout theaters for guest use as well.
The products used for sanitation and disinfection at AMC are EPA approved for use against viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens including COVID-19, according to the company.
Here is a full list of AMC locations now open as of Friday, March 19:
- AMC Atlantic Times Square 14
- AMC Burbank Town Center 6
- AMC Burbank Town Center 8
- AMC Broadway 4
- AMC Covina 17
- AMC Del Amo 18
- AMC Fallbrook 7
- AMC Galleria At South Bay 16
- AMC Glendora 12
- AMC La Mirada 7
- AMC Marina Marketplace 6
- AMC Marina Pacifica 12
- AMC Montebello 10
- AMC Norwalk 20
- AMC Promenade 16
- AMC Puente Hills 20
- AMC Rolling Hills 20
- AMC Santa Anita 16
- AMC Santa Monica 7
- AMC Sunset 5
- AMC Universal CityWalk 19
- AMC Porter Ranch 9
Reserved seating is required, with ticketless entry, such as the mobile app, is suggested to limit the number of interactions for guests.
For those who would like to purchase their tickets at the theater, AMC also offers Automated Box Offices, which are cleaned and sanitized regularly, according to the company.
At locations where food can be sold, menu selections have been temporarily reduced at all AMC locations to ensure a more efficient service, minimizing the amount of time it takes to prepare and serve, and reducing wait times.
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City Of Burbank Extends Outdoor Dining Changes, Commercial Eviction Ordinance
The Burbank City Council approved the extension last week of outdoor dining changes and a commercial eviction ordinance which were enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The outdoor dining ordinance is expected to allow restaurants to continue to expanded tables in private parking lots until Dec. 31, unless extended again, according to the City.
Last month, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors directed County staff to explore options to make similar dining expansions permanent.
Burbank officials said the “devastating economic impacts” of the Safer at Home order are still being felt, citing a loss in jobs across L.A. County.
Many of the jobs lost were in the hospitality industry, however, in the past several months some of these positions are coming back.
“As the pandemic fades, the negative economic impacts will continue,” the dining ordinance said. “As such, the City should consider the welfare of its businesses while protecting the health and wellness of its citizens.”
In addition to the dining expansion, the Burbank City Council also extended the local commercial eviction moratorium until Sept. 30.
The commercial eviction ordinance for commercial tenants does not forgive the payment of rent, but rather acknowledges a commercial tenant is still obligated to pay any missed rent as deferred payments.
Any deferred rent will be due six months after the end of the expiration of the Ordinance in September, unless extended again, according to the City.
This means all deferred rent would be due on March 30, 2022. Additionally, the property owner may not charge or collect interest, late fees or other penalties that could accrue on unpaid rent through the end of the six-month grace period.
Residential evictions continue to fall under Assembly Bill 832, which increases the value of the reimbursement the state’s emergency rental assistance program.
The City Council continues to encourage commercial tenants to pay any portion of the rent they can afford along with speaking with landlords to arrange a repayment plan.
Outdoor Dining Program Extended In L.A. For At Least One Year
Outdoor dining spaces are set to be in place for at least one more year after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed a new ordinance extending COVID-19 measures for bars and restaurants.
The emergency ordinance, expected to be codified within the next two weeks, extends the City’s “Al Fresco” program which allows dining areas to expand into parklets, sidewalks, parking lots and other areas near businesses.
After 12 months, the City Council has the option to extend the program for up to two more years, according to the ordinance.
The order also suspends the previous requirement that restaurants provide a minimum number of parking spots for vehicles taken up by the expanded dining area.
L.A. Al Fresco aims to help local businesses reopen safely, and allow customers and employees to maintain physical distancing by temporarily relaxing the rules that regulate outdoor dining.
On May 29, 2020, Garcetti launched the first phase of L.A. Al Fresco to support outdoor dining opportunities for restaurants hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis, in coordination with the L.A. County Department of Public Health allowing dine-in service at restaurants.
Permits through the program were previously expected to only be valid through Sept. 1, 2021.
This action comes at the heels of a similar extension by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors last month.
The supervisors called upon County staff to establish permanent guidelines for expanded outdoor dining spaces in sidewalks, alleys and parking facilities.
“We should make every effort to ensure this program becomes a permanent option for eateries throughout the region,” Supervisor Kathryn Barger said. “This is a valuable resource for the restaurant and hospitality industry, which was devastatingly impacted by the COVID-19 closures.”
Tinhorn Flats Evicted From Burbank Property After Repeated Violations
Tinhorn Flats, a Burbank bar that repeatedly deified orders to close during the pandemic, has been evicted from its Magnolia Park building.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department turned over possession of the Tinhorn Flats’ location to the property owner, Isabelle Lepejian, as the last step in the eviction process she initiated against the establishment, according to the City of Burbank.
The eviction proceeding is a separate legal action from the recent temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction issued by the Los Angeles County Superior Court in the City’s civil suit against Tinhorn Flats for continuing to operate after revocation of its public health permit and Conditional Use Permit.
The permanent permit was revoked by the Burbank City Council on Feb. 22, citing Tinhorn Flats’ “flagrant disregard for life safety and violations” of the Los Angeles County Health Officer Orders, which endangered the public health, safety and welfare, along with creating a public nuisance, according to the City.
In March, the building was “red-tagged” as part of multiple attempts to prevent the establishment from operating after COVID-19 violations.
Tinhorn Flats co-owner, Lucas Lepejian, 20, was later arrested after removing sandbags placed by the City of Burbank in front of the establishment to prevent anyone from entering, due to the unsafe conditions, according to the Burbank Police Department (BPD).
Isabelle Lepejian is the mother of Lucas and ex-wife of Baret Lepejian, who is the other co-owner of the establishment.
The Tinhorn Flats owners said they are raising money for a legal defense fund to reopen the restaurant.
“We will not comply with tyrannical rules and closures,” the owners said.