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Megaplex limits theater guests; Utah concerts, events delayed amid COVID-19 concerns

Megaplex limits theater guests; Utah concerts, events delayed amid COVID-19 concerns

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SALT LAKE CITY — Hours after Gov. Gary Herbert recommended that gatherings be limited to 100 people for two weeks, Larry H. Miller Megaplex Theatres announced on Thursday that it will limit auditorium crowds at its theaters and refund customers who bought tickets to movies that have now been postponed.

Auditoriums will be limited to 75 guests, and all occupied seats will be sanitized between showtimes, the company announced in a prepared statement. All scheduled events, meetings, parties or screenings will either be postponed or refunded.

The list of wide-release movies that have been postponed include:

  • ”A Quiet Place 2”
  • ”Antlers”
  • ”Fast & Furious 9”
  • ”Mulan”
  • ”New Mutants”
  • ”No Time to Die”
  • ”Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway”
  • ”The Artist’s Wife”
  • ”The Lovebirds”

Megaplex officials also said they will scale back or cancel freshly-prepared and perishable menu items in their food courts. Hand sanitizing stations have already been added to areas around Megaplex theaters, and officials said that they've increased disinfecting frequency at the theaters.

Salt Lake Film Society cancels, postpones events

The Salt Lake Film Society announced on Friday it had postponed or canceled nine upcoming events, including National Theatre Live events scheduled for March 21, April 18 and June 20. Those events have been postponed until further notice. The society has also postponed its event Invincible Czars set for April.

Meanwhile, it has canceled these events:

  • Screendance
  • X-96 Short Film Festival
  • 48 Hour Film Trivia Night
  • Founder's Lounge (April)
  • Czech Film Tour
  • FILMexico
  • KUED collaboration event

4 Vivint Arena concerts postponed

Not only is the Utah Jazz season suspended for the time being, four concerts scheduled to be held at Vivint Arena in March and April are now postponed, Larry H. Miller officials said Friday.

The canceled events include:

  • Post Malone Runaway Tour
  • Celine Dion Courage World Tour
  • JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. The Tour
  • Cher Here We Go Again Tour

Cirque du Soleil cancels Utah shows

Cirque Du Soleil announced Friday that its BAZZAR shows, which were scheduled for the Maverik Center from May 24 to July 5, are now canceled amid concerns of spreading COVID-19.

"Carrying out operations all over the world, Cirque du Soleil regularly updates its procedures and applies specific measures to each region of the world and to each project in order to meet the highest standards of health and safety in this evolving situation worldwide," officials said in a prepared statement.

They added that anyone who has purchased tickets will be contacted about refunds, and that they hope to schedule at the West Valley City venue in the "near future."

Other entertainment notes

  • The Eccles Theater, Abravanel Hall, Capitol Theatre and the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center have canceled all performances for the rest of March. Anyone with questions was asked to email
  • The St. George Art Festival scheduled for April 10-11 at Historic Town Square in St. George has been canceled.
  • Discovery Gateway Children's Museum closed Friday and will remain closed until further notice. All programs, events and field trips scheduled for the next two weeks have been canceled until further notice.
  • All Utah Film Center public and school programs from now until April 19 are canceled. Officials said they will try to reschedule Tumbleweeds Film Festival programs.

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Carter Williams is an award-winning reporter who covers general news, outdoors, history and sports for He previously worked for the Deseret News. He is a Utah transplant by the way of Rochester, New York.


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