5:30 p.m. ET: New York’s newest movie theaters open
New York City’s newest entertainment venues have been opening on time, with a few early returns indicating that the film industry is doing better than anticipated.
As of 6 p.am.
ET, four of the five theater chains in the city have closed their doors, according to the New York Times.
The Times reported that the five closures were announced on Thursday by the owners of AMC theaters in Manhattan, the AMC Empire in Brooklyn, the Citiplex in Queens and the AMC Lincoln Square in Manhattan.
The closures came after a New York Post story revealed that some of the chain’s theaters were closing early in the morning on Thursday.
New York State Department of Health officials announced the closures on Friday, and the agency announced it will not allow the five AMC theaters to reopen until next week.
New Jersey residents have also been warned to avoid the areas where AMC theaters are opening.
The department also said that the New Jersey Department of Transportation is working to open the New Brunswick Street Bridge in the afternoon and that the Port Authority is opening the New London-Newark Bridge in both directions for pedestrians.
The New York Stock Exchange will also close at 11 a.m., and a temporary toll booth has been set up in Times Square.
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.