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Georgia Wants To Open Movie Theaters, Hollywood Shrugs

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Box office at Regal Cinemas in downtown Los Angeles with signage alerting to its temporary closure. (Chava Sanchez/ LAist)
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Despite epidemiologists' warnings against loosening social distancing restrictions too soon, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp suggested the state's movie theaters could start selling tickets as soon as next Monday.

But even if Georgians show up in droves at the multiplex, they may have to wait a while to see any new releases. Hollywood studios would have little economic incentive to release movies without guaranteed screenings in major markets like New York and Los Angeles.

The National Association of Theater Owners said Wednesday that opening up theaters in a few states could undermine the entire business.

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