The movie-starved among you will surely be counting down the days until cinemas open their doors once more.
But with an ever-fluid situation that has already seen pushbacks and rescheduling in recent weeks, the opportunity to step inside a theatre this month is suddenly looking far less likely, with many delaying the chance to re-open entirely.
Below, we’ll give you a snapshot on what each major cinema chain in the US is planning in terms of re-opening. That includes Regal, AMC, Alamo Drafthouse and more.
There’s also an overview of their safety guidelines, should you want to compare and contrast in the hopes of a more welcoming environment come opening night. That’s especially important when, as you’ll soon see, some cinemas will be busier than others depending on their regulations.
When is Alamo Drafthouse re-opening? TBA
What safety measures does it have in place? Masks required; hand sanitisers and wipes available; “auditorium seating capacity will be consistent with either local, federal, or Alamo Drafthouse’s distancing limitations – whichever is stronger.” For more on how Alamo Drafthouse is planning to re-open, read its COVID safety guide.
When is AMC re-opening? July 30 (450 locations)
What safety measures does it have in place? Masks required; hand sanitisers and wipes available; screens at 30% capacity; every other row is blocked off. For more, check out AMC’s Safe and Clean plans.
When is Cinemark re-opening? July 24
What safety measures does it have in place? Masks required; hand sanitisers available and staff wash hands every 30 minutes; reduced capacity “in compliance with all local and state guidelines.” The full Cinemark Standard guide can be found on its website.
When is Regal re-opening? July 31 (all locations)
What safety measures does it have in place? Employees and guests will be required to wear masks; hand sanitisers available; screens at 50% capacity; two empty seats between groups. See the full list of regulations and rules here.