AMC Leisure CEO Adam Aron instructed CNBC on Thursday that the corporate has been happy with the reopening of its film theaters following coronavirus-induced closures, citing constructive reactions from attendees. “Our theater cleanliness scores are one of the best they have been in a long time, an all-time excessive,” Aron stated on “Squawk Field.” “I feel you’ll be able to eat off the ground,” he quipped.Greater than 1 million individuals within the U.S. have attended motion pictures at AMC theaters since they reopened in late August, the Kansas-based firm stated Wednesday. AMC began with roughly its first 100 areas on Aug. 20. Aron stated the corporate, which had 636 theaters within the U.S., as of Dec. 31, may have about 75% of its areas open this weekend. Aron stated AMC labored with Clorox and Harvard College’s College of Public Well being on its security protocols for reopening. There are insurance policies in place reminiscent of masks necessities — apart from when consuming and ingesting in the course of the film — and blocking out seats to permit for added house between company, he stated. AMC has disinfectant wipes and different merchandise that it makes use of to scrub, as properly. “However rather more essential than that, we have invested actually hundreds of thousands and hundreds of thousands in high-tech options. We have upgraded our air filters to MERV 13. It is about 4 occasions the filtration that we had previous to the Covid-19 pandemic,” he stated. “We have purchased electrostatic sprayers for all of our theaters in order that we’re spraying down out auditoriums with these electronically charged cleansing options, so we’re throughout each powerful and airborne transmission of the virus.” In most locations the place theaters are allowed to reopen, there are capability restrictions in place that should enable for social distancing. Aron stated these caps are much less of a problem for AMC’s enterprise than maybe an outsider may suppose. “We’re not an airline or a Broadway theater that historically runs full. Within the movie show enterprise, we’re extra of a church constructed for Easter Sunday,” he stated, noting that the 350 million tickets it offered final 12 months represented simply 17% of its general seats. “The difficulty for us shall be convincing moviegoers that our theaters are secure and that our theaters are clear.” “To date, we’re off to an awesome begin,” he added. Shares of AMC are down about 15% thus far in 2020, underneath a $700 million stock market value, because the pandemic induced important disruption to the leisure business. All of its U.S. theaters have been closed in the course of the second quarter, and in June, it warned it had “substantial doubt” it might survive the coronavirus-related shutdown. The stock hit a 52-week low of $1.95 on April 13. As of Wednesday’s shut of $6.26 per share, it had rallied greater than 200%. Even so, AMC shares traded about $12 apiece round this time final 12 months. There had been questions on how the movie show enterprise would bounce again from the coronavirus pandemic after individuals have been compelled to look at movies at dwelling or at options like drive-in theaters. However Aron expressed confidence about AMC going ahead. “We’re very inspired — not about what is going on to occur within the subsequent two weeks — however as you look forward to 2021, we see restoration,” he stated.