Edwards Theatres announced Wednesday that its Southern California cinemas will not show late-night movies on New Year's Eve because the company expects only scant audiences.
The movie chain decided to have the last movies of the century begin at 8:30 p.m. because of a history of poor attendance during past New Year's celebrations.
"We've found that late-night shows really don't do well," said David Ward, spokesman for Newport Beach-based Edwards Theatres Circuit. "Who'd want to be in a dark theater at midnight New Year's Eve?"
The theater chain also said it will not have a midnight Imax debut of Disney's "Fantasia 2000" at the Irvine Spectrum on New Year's Eve, because of poor ticket sales.