New Jersey Judge Says Movie Theater Chains Can't Immediately Reopen

AMC, Regal and Cinemark had sued the state, citing a violation of free speech

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A New Jersey federal judge has denied a request from the major movie theaters for a temporary restraining order against the state that would have allowed theaters to immediately reopen their doors.

The motion is a setback after chains like AMC, Regal and Cinemark and led by NATO jointly filed suit last week against New Jersey arguing that the state is violating the chains’ first amendment rights and taking property without just compensation.

Judge Brian R. Martinotti also set a hearing that’s expected for August 4.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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