US movie theaters prepare to switch the lights back on, but hurdles remain

US movie theaters prepare to switch the lights back on, but hurdles remain

By: Reuters | Los Angeles |

Up to date: June 27, 2020 11:15:23 am


The seating association, designed to encourage social distancing among the many 15 real-life patrons who will likely be allowed into every screening, is without doubt one of the new security measures theaters are putting in to scale back the prospect of coronavirus unfold. (Picture: Reuters)

When the 60-person Enviornment Cinelounge in Los Angeles opens once more for the primary time in months, greater than a dozen seats will likely be stuffed by cardboard cutouts of James Dean, Charlie Chaplin and different Hollywood icons.

The seating association, designed to encourage social distancing among the many 15 real-life patrons who will likely be allowed into every screening, is without doubt one of the new security measures theaters are putting in to scale back the prospect of coronavirus unfold.

“We’re going above and past to ensure that the whole lot is spotless and that audiences really feel comfy and protected being with us for 2 to 3 hours,” proprietor Christian Meoli stated.

It’s unclear, nevertheless, when Meoli and different theater operators will have the ability to welcome again visitors.

Whereas about 780 indoor cinemas have reopened across the nation, officers in Los Angeles County, the most important moviegoing market in the USA, haven’t but given a inexperienced gentle, voicing concern a couple of rise in coronavirus instances. New York Metropolis, the nation’s No. 2 film market, additionally has not set a date for cinema reopenings.

The theater enterprise has been devastated by the coronavirus shutdowns that started in mid-March, shedding tens of hundreds of staff and borrowing funds to remain afloat.

The business is hoping for mass openings in July, when nationwide chains AMC Leisure (AMC.N), Cinemark (CNK.N) and Cineworld’s (CINE.L) Regal Cinemas are scheduled to be again in enterprise. All plan safeguards together with restricted attendance, further cleansing and face masks for visitors and employees.

Movie show homeowners have been planning to supply Mulan and director Christopher Nolan’s thriller Tenet in July. Each have been pushed into August, with Tenet, from AT&T Inc’s (T.N) Warner Bros., set for Aug. 12 and Mulan for Aug. 21 [L1N2E32SK].

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