KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A week after closing its theaters to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, Leawood-based AMC Theatres said Wednesday they have furloughed hundreds of corporate employees.
An AMC spokesperson told 41 Action News the decision affects every corporate AMC employee, including executives and the chief executive officer.
Under the plan, some employees will work fewer hours at reduced pay, or not work, without pay, while the company’s 1,000 theaters remain closed.
“At this time, AMC is not terminating any of its corporate employees, however, we were forced under the circumstances to implement a furlough plan, which is absolutely necessary to preserve cash and to ensure that AMC can re-open our doors once this health crisis has dissipated,” a company spokesperson said in a statement.
The spokesperson added that furloughed employees will retain health benefits and active employment status with the company.
“AMC is doing everything possible to ensure that we can welcome back both our associates and our guest as soon as our theaters re-open,” the spokesperson said.