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Coronavirus

Theme parks go dark, theaters stay dark: Entertainment and the coronavirus

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Some of the few entertainment entities that remained open and fully functioning were shutting down like much of the rest of the world on Friday, a day after institutions from Broadway to Disneyland closed their doors, TV shows including “The Price Is Right” halted production, and movie release dates strategically scheduled years in advance were pushed back indefinitely.

Here’s a look at some closings, cancellations and postponements related to the new coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness in the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions.

Theaters

U.S. movie theaters have resisted the movement to close for the most part, but some are instituting limits for their audiences.

AMC, the country’s largest theater chain, which operates a theater in Sterling, on Friday said it would sell no more than half its seats in each theater beginning today and until the end of April to help facilitate social distancing, and that it will sell no more than 250 tickets for a showing.

Theme parks

No rolling or coasting will be happening at Six Flags theme parks.

The amusement park giant announced Friday that all of its U.S. parks will go dark over coronavirus concerns starting Saturday through the end of March, including Six Flags in Gurnee.

Hundred-year-old Southern California institution Knott’s Berry Farm is shutting down for the same time frame.

“While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at our properties, we believe it is the right decision for our guests, associates and community,” Knott’s said in a statement Friday.

The decision comes a day after Disney announced the planned shutdown of its parks.

The View

Joy Behar says she’s going to skip her co-hosting duties on “The View” next week and stay home amid growing concerns over the coronavirus.

“I’m in a higher risk group because of my age, but I’m perfectly healthy,” the 77-year-old comedian and performer said on the show Friday. “I’m going to socially distance myself.”

Behar’s decision comes as many talk shows and game shows have decided to shoot without live audiences, and several television productions, with or without crowds, have shut down altogether.

Little Mermaid

The Walt Disney Co. says its shutting down many of its live-action productions, including “The Little Mermaid” and Ridley Scott’s “The Last Duel,” due to the coronavirus.

Hollywood on Friday continued to halt shoots of most films and television series to help control the spread of the virus. For Disney, that includes the live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid”; “The Last Duel,” with Matt Damon, Adam Driver and Ben Affleck; Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”; a “Home Alone” remake; and Guillermo Del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley.” It’s also putting on hold a pair of films in pre-production: “Peter Pan and Wendy” and a “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” reboot.

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