AMC DELAYING PLANS – AGAIN – TO REOPEN
UNDATED (AP) – Those who had been thinking about the idea of heading into a theater to escape the heat next month – will have to think again. The nation’s largest theater chain is abandoning plans to reopen by mid-July. AMC says its new re-opening date is July 30 – but only for 450 of its 600 locations. The others will open the following week. The move comes after the two remaining big movie releases in July, “Mulan” and “Tenet,” were pushed back to next month. Meanwhile, many of the states that had reopened for business during the coronavirus are seeing spikes in rates of infection.
PUSH UNDER WAY TO RENAME AIRPORT NAMED AFTER JOHN WAYNE
UNDATED (AP) – How would you feel about a person who felt Blacks were inferior to whites – and shouldn’t have positions of authority, leadership or judgment – because they were “irresponsible?” What about a person who said he didn’t feel badly about how Native Americans were treated? Would you want to see, say, an airport named after such a person? The man who made those comments was John Wayne. And now, Democrats in Orange County, California are pushing to drop the late actor’s name from the county airport. Republicans oppose the move. There have been similar efforts to rename the airport in the past, including one last year. But advocates of the change are encouraged by the recent wave of protests against racism and police brutality.
BROADWAY CONTINUES SHUTDOWN
NEW YORK (AP) – The bright lights of Broadway will stay dark for the rest of this year. Producers are offering refunds and exchanges for shows that had been purchased through Jan. 3, dashing hopes that those productions be back before 2021. Broadway theaters shut down on March 12 because of the coronavirus epidemic, knocking out all shows, including 16 that were still scheduled to open.