Paris Attacks: Biggest cinema chain in French capital to remain closed on Sunday

Paris: A Dark Night in the City of Light
Paris: A Dark Night in the City of Light

Some major cinema chains, including Gaumont-Pathe, France's largest, said their Paris theaters will remain closed on Sunday following the terrorist attacks Friday night.

Gaumont-Pathe operates both the Gaumont and Pathe theaters around the country, including 18 theaters in Paris and its suburbs. City of Paris-owned theaters, including the art-house Luxour and Forum des Images, also remained closed, as well as the independent Cinema des Cineastes.

But MK2, which operates 10 theaters in and around Paris, decided to reopen Sunday, confirming its schedule on its website and Twitter.

All of the big cinema operators opened Saturday morning before closing in the early afternoon. The chains are the main theaters for Hollywood blockbusters and major releases. Sony/MGM/Eone's Spectre opened this weekend in Paris.

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On Saturday, several Pathe theaters were pre-sold out of evening tickets for screenings of Spectre. Sunday the chain said it would be refunding pre-sold tickets via its web site or in person when theaters reopen. MK2 said it is refunding pre-sold tickets for Saturday via its web site.

Other big movies currently playing in France include Fox's The Martian, Warner's Pan, Woody Allen's Irrational Man and The Lobster.

Meanwhile, Universal Pictures has called off a planned screening and Q&A with director Danny Boyle for Steve Jobs, which had been scheduled for Paris for Monday. "In light of the tragic events in Paris, Monday's preview screening and filmmaker Q&A for Steve Jobs has been canceled," the studio said. "Our hearts and prayers go out to all the victims, families and the people of France during this difficult time."

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