Hurricane Sandy causes widespread movie theater closures

Along with shuttering Broadway and movie and TV productions, Hurricane Sandy has caused cinemas throughout the east coast to shut down. Major theater chains in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, Delaware, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Boston, and Connecticut had all canceled screenings for at least Monday, though AMC Cinemas was reporting that it hoped to reopen by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

As Sandy began its approach this weekend, box office was down roughly 11 percent from the same weekend last year — though it is difficult to gauge how much the drop off was due to the storm.

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