AMC Kabuki 8 remains closed for almost a week

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The AMC Kabuki 8 in San Francisco remains closed nearly a week after the theater suddenly shut down amid screenings last Tuesday, citing “an emergency lighting issue,” as the Chronicle first reported. . (SFGATE and the San Francisco Chronicle are both owned by Hearst but operate independently of each other.)

“Kabuki will be closed for emergency repairs until further notice,” read several signs that were still taped to the theater’s locked doors on Sunday afternoon. “We are truly sorry for the inconvenience.”

An inside security officer told SFGATE he did not know how long the repairs would take or when the theater would reopen. The posted signs encouraged customers to check AMC’s website for updates on the situation, where a message highlighted in red confirmed that there were no changes to the temporary shutdown.

A spokesperson for AMC did not immediately respond to SFGATE’s request for comment on Sunday, but a representative for the theater chain told The Chronicle last week “a generator that powers emergency lighting has failed. outage” and they “weren’t comfortable running the building” without it. For safety reasons. The theater plans to repair the generator but is also exploring temporary solutions, the representative continued. They did not specify what time of day the incident occurred.

Signs confirming the indefinite closure of AMC Kabuki in San Francisco on April 17, 2022.

Amanda Bartlett/SFGATE

The closure disrupted what would have been the opening weekend of “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” as well as ongoing screenings of “Everything Everywhere All At Once”, “The Batman”, “Ambulance” and ” Sonic the Hedgehog 2″.

The Japantown Cinema opened in 1960 as a coffeehouse where kabuki performances were held. The venue was later purchased by AMC and over the years has also hosted events for the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival, San Francisco Opera and a number of film festivals including the International Film Festival. San Francisco Film and CAAMFEST. The space was acquired by Sundance Cinemas from Robert Redford in 2006 and operated under that name until 2017, after Sundance Cinemas was acquired by Carmike Cinemas, which was later acquired by AMC that year.

This is a developing story and will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

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