A movie theater is finally set to open on the south coast.
AMC Theatres announced it is conducting a rolling reopen of its U.S. movie theatres. This new timing reflects currently expected release dates for much anticipated blockbusters like Warner Bros.’ TENET and Disney’s MULAN, as well as release dates for several other new movies coming to AMC’s big screens.
While AMC is set to open 100 theaters across the country on August 20th, the Dartmouth Mall location will open on August 27th.
Movie theaters had been closed since early on in the COVID-19 pandemic.
AMC will be instituting several safety protocols. Here they are courtesy of AMC.
-Masks are required for guests and crew throughout the theatre. Your mask must cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly around your face and chin. Neck gaiters, open-chin bandanas and masks with vents or exhalation valves are not acceptable at this time, based on World Health Organization guidelines. If needed, masks are available to purchase for $1.
-In the auditorium, masks are still required, but may be removed while enjoying food and drinks.
-Maintain social distance before, during and after the movie. Follow the directional signs and the reminders posted throughout the theatre for guidance.
-All AMC, AMC DINE-IN™ and AMC CLASSIC® auditoriums are at 30% capacity or less, based on municipality guidelines. In auditoriums with traditional seating, every other row is blocked off for your safety. In auditoriums with wide AMC Signature Recliners, there is already enough space between rows to allow for social distancing. In all auditoriums, leave an empty seat between yourself and other guests.
-Where tickets are sold, credit, debit or AMC gift cards are preferred to reduce contact, but cash is accepted, and may be used if needed to purchase a gift card for movie treats. Cash is not accepted at concessions or MacGuffins® Bar in order to avoid shared contact between cash and food handling. At select theatres where tickets and concessions are sold at one location, we will accept cash if no other form of payment is possible.
-For shorter lines and quicker service, AMC has temporarily simplified their selections. Classic movie treats like AMC Perfectly Popcorn™, Coca-Cola® Freestyle, hot dogs, candy, MovieNachos, AMC KidsPacks® and more are available now.
-Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes will be available.
-Condiments available upon request.
-To minimize contact, AMC Perfectly Popcorn™ and Coca-Cola® Freestyle drink refills are unavailable at this time.
-Managers and crew members have their temperatures read before starting their shifts.
-AMC will be using enhanced cleaning protocols including electrostatic disinfectant sprayers, upgraded MERV 13 air filters, HEPA filter vacuums, and routine cleaning & disinfecting.
Regal theaters, which has a location in Swansea, has similar protocols as AMC and has announced plans for the reopening of theatres on August 21.