Consumer trends appear to impact the motion picture industry unexpectedly. Movie ticket sales are not as strong in 2022 as in previous years, and some movie theaters feel the financial brunt. Texas moviegoers who attend screenings at Regal theaters may wonder if those theaters will remain operational since the chain’s parent company filed bankruptcy.
Regal parent company files for bankruptcy
On September 7, 2022, Cineworld filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which could affect various Regal theaters throughout the United States. Some theater locations might shutter in the aftermath of the filing.
Cineworld finds itself dealing with low ticket sales, a problem that started in 2020. Ticket sales have not rebounded to the degree Cineworld hoped, and the company now struggles with excessive debt. Motion picture studios recognized the problem and started releasing some films simultaneously in theaters and on streaming platforms, a move that could further hamper live screening sales.
Filing for Chapter 11 provides a way for Cineworld to deal with its debt problems. Other businesses in similar situations might also consider filing for Chapter 11.
Chapter 11 for businesses
Chapter 11 refers to reorganization bankruptcy, and the debtor takes on several responsibilities commonly performed by a trustee. The reorganization process makes it possible for the troubled company to remain operational while addressing its debt and creditors.
Chapter 11 allows the company to continue to generate revenues and not be forced to shut its doors. Chapter 11 does not strictly prevent the company from applying for loans since borrowing could be essential for the business to operate.
Collection action ceases when a business files for Chapter 11. The business might liquidate assets to pay creditors and receive a discharge of some debt.