South Beach Cinemas in Florida, New Jersey, and Connecticut has long offered the chance to catch a movie or two at a local theater, but the popular tourist destinations aren’t immune to a summer slump.
The chain has been down in the dumps since late last year, and now its closing down the beaches.
As of Wednesday, the company said that it had about 2,000 employees at its new facilities in Sarasota and West Palm Beach.
That’s down from 2,800 the company previously reported.
In June, the chain announced it would shutter more than 2,100 theaters, including more than 800 in South Florida.
But the chain’s problems aren’t just limited to South Beach.
Cinemas across the country are struggling, too.
The Associated Press reported last week that some of the largest chains in the country were closing down.
Cinemark, which has been the biggest victim of the slump, shuttered all of its theaters and theaters in the New York metropolitan area, and AMC announced it was laying off thousands of people.
The news came as many theaters across the United States reported the first dip in box office sales in years.
It’s not clear whether those closures are related to the decline in moviegoing, which is down nearly 30 percent this year compared to 2016.
The decline has been especially noticeable in smaller theaters, which have traditionally seen an uptick in box-office revenue.
That makes the move more painful for smaller theaters that rely on patrons to pay their bills.
The industry is also struggling to find more than a few local theaters that are still open.
The AP reported that the number of local theaters in South Beach is up slightly, but only by about a quarter in the last two months.
A spokesman for Cinemark told the AP the company has only one South Beach location open.
Other local theaters closed or relocated.
The company reported in March that the South Beach area was the only place in the state where it had seen a decline in ticket sales.
The numbers are also troubling in New Jersey.
New Jersey’s theater owners, however, said they are doing everything they can to reopen cinemas.
The state’s auditor general last month said that the industry’s financial health was “in a very good position” following a massive downgrade in the national economy.
The economic downturn in the United Kingdom has also caused a drop in demand for theaters in some cities.
That has forced some theaters to close, and others have closed entirely.
In many cases, the theaters that reopened last year were shuttered because of their high occupancy.