August 26th, 2011
03:25 PM ET
As movie theaters up and down the East Coast brace for the possible financial impact of Hurricane Irene, Broadway is also feeling it.
According to a press release from Disney Theatrical productions, "all performances of 'The Lion King' at the Minskoff Theatre and 'Mary Poppins' at the New Amsterdam Theatre Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th are cancelled due to Hurricane Irene."
On Friday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a press conference that officials will consider evacuating low-lying areas such as Coney Island and Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn; Far Rockaway and Broad Channel in Queens; some areas in Staten Island; and Battery Park City in Manhattan
Disney Theatrical Productions said they made the decision to cancel the performances "in the interest of its patrons’ and staff’s safety following the announcement of the impending suspension of MTA and Metro North service.
Update 5:00 p.m. – According to The Hollywood Reporter, Clearview Cinemas will be shutting all of its 57 theaters on Saturday and Sunday because of the hurricane. The theaters are located from Philadelphia to New York City.
“Out of concern for the safety of our guests and staff, all Clearview Cinemas will be closed on Saturday August 27th and Sunday August 28th," said a statement from the company. "We plan to reopen on Monday August 29th. Wishing you and your family a very safe weekend."
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