Entertainment World Grinds to a Halt for Coronavirus

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By KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO

Amid calls for social distancing, the entertainment industry is yielding to coronavirus with unprecedented closures.

On Thursday, cancellations dominated show business, with Hollywood pausing or delaying myriad productions and premieres.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom called for a ban on events and gatherings with more than 250 people to slow down the spread of the respiratory illness that was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on Wednesday.

Disneyland announced it would close its gates in Anaheim on Saturday through to the end of the month. This includes Disney California Adventure Park. Disney World in Florida will also shut down on Sunday for the rest of March. Additionally, the company will cancel any scheduled cruise departures beginning on Saturday. 

There will be no concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall now through March 31. Additionally, no performnaces will occur at Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre. 

The Universal Studios theme parks will close down for the virus, with the LA location shutting down on Saturday until at least March 28, and the Orlando location on Monday for the remainder of the month.

While Thursday evening film openings proceeded in the U.S., with major chains AMC and Regal making no announcements, theaters have been closed in countries around the world including China, India, Italy, Poland and Greece.

Postponed openings also throw into disarray future calendars, with "Mulan," "New Mutants" and "Antlers" among the films pulled from Disney's upcoming premieres, and Universal's newest "Fast and Furious" offering "F9" pushed back frorm this May to next April.

Wondercon Anaheim has been postponed to a late date. The statement said they will begin processing refunds in the coming days. San Diego Comic Con slated for July 23-26 has not canceled yet. 

The Broadway play "Hamilton" at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre was suspended beginning last night through Tuesday, March 31st.

Getty Center and Getty Villa will be closed Sautrday, March 14 until further notice. 

The LA Zoo will be closed starting Friday, March 13 through March 31.

Pomona Fairplex cancels or reschedules all remaining March events. 

Union Station events have been canceled. 

Los Angeles school officials have called an emergency 7 a.m. closed-door meeting on Friday morning to determine whether a districtwide shutdown is necessary. Keep posted for more information and updates. 

The cancellations have even reached New York City with broadcast TV networks -- NBC, The CW, CBS, Warnermedia and Disney -- forgoing live upfront presentations. 

The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theater and the Kennedy Center in Washington all canceled events through March 31.

Live Nation Entertainment and AEG Presents also suspended all current tours through March.