Plano, Texas — Cinemark Theatres, an operating subsidiary of Cinemark USA Inc., has announced the sale of $250 million in senior debt notes in a private offering, the Plano-based entertainment company said in a statement Monday. The offering on senior secured notes that are due in 2025 is expected to close April 20, subject to customary closing conditions. Cinemark said it plans to use proceeds from the sale for “general corporate purposes” that will increase liquidity. Multiple news outlets, including The Dallas Morning News and the Phoenix Business Journal, also report that Cinemark is laying off 17,500 hourly employees and furloughing about half its corporate staff. As of September 2019, Cinemark operated 344 theaters in 41 states totaling 4,630 screens. Movie theaters were among the first categories of retailers to close their doors in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.