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  • Steven Erquiza

Movie Theaters Reopening

Missing the big screen? I sure am; I can't wait to watch a movie you've been waiting for months or even years on a big screen with your favorite people beside you eating snacks and having fun. Slowly movie theaters are reopening the bay area. Some few counties are moving to less restrictive policies and planning to gradually reopen businesses.

Cinemark is taking advantage of plans to open San Rafael Northgate 15. Cinemark theaters in Larkspur, Novato, and Mill Valley are to open soon. Fairfax Theatre in Fairfax, owned by Petaluma-based Cinema West, which owns 14 bay Area theaters, is also planning to open their doors. Napa county is allowing theaters to open as well, the Century Napa Valley and XD opened its doors on September 11. Further up Napa Valley, Cameo Cinema in St. Helena with a single-screen theater is also preparing to open. To check for what movies are playing, just check their website.

Of course, all the movie theaters that are open or planning to open up have Covid-19 restrictions and safety protocols to protect the customers from getting infected with Covid-19. There will be limited seating for 25% or 100 people, whichever is fewer. Face masks and gloves are required for all employees. Auditoriums are sanitized after each show, and customers must wear masks. Other health safety protocols that Cinemark has put into place include automatic distancing. Once tickets are purchased, two seats immediately to the left and right are blocked from the sale. Unless the theater has reclining seats, tickets are sold only in every other row.


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