AMC Theatres is poised to file for bankruptcy and close underperforming locations nationwide, according to multiple reports.
The Wall Street Journal reports the world's largest movie theatre chain has hired a law firm to assist in restructuring negotiations.
AMC was already struggling before the coronavirus outbreak. The crisis has only made matters worse. In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered all movie theatres to shut down March 16. The same day, AMC announced it was closing all 600 of its theatres nationwide for at least six to 12 weeks.
AMC lost $149 million in 2019, and finished the year roughly $5 billion in debt, according to Yahoo! Entertainment.
San Diego County's nine AMC theater locations remain closed, after the county ordered all non-essential businesses to shutter to slow the spread of the coronavirus.