PHOENIX — As Hollywood’s movie studios start to offer the OKs to launch their newest motion pictures, theaters in Arizona are getting ready for his or her eventual reopenings.
AMC Theatres and Harkins Theatres — Arizona’s hometown theater chain — have each submitted purposes to the Arizona Division of Well being Companies in search of approval to reopen.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, a Texas-based dine-in movie show chain, additionally utilized, and was accredited, to reopen its three Arizona movie show areas in Chandler, Gilbert, and Tempe. Alamo has not introduced reopening plans, nonetheless, its deliberate security pointers are posted to its web site.
ABC15 has reached out to representatives for Alamo, however didn’t instantly hear again. An automated recording once you name its Phoenix-area areas stated the theaters stay briefly closed and directs folks to the web site for updates.
In Might, the franchisee of Alamo’s Arizona areas filed for chapter safety, citing the financial struggles of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Harkins filed to reopen most of its film theaters within the Valley, in addition to in Casa Grande and Flagstaff.
On Friday morning, Harkins confirmed in a news release that it could open three of its film theaters — Flagstaff, Prescott Valley, and Sedona — on August 28, and hoped to announce the openings of extra of its theater areas quickly. It’ll additionally open areas in Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas, in accordance with its web site.
Opening weekend releases embody Marvel’s The New Mutants, Unhinged, and a re-release of Inception, celebrating that movie’s tenth anniversary. It’ll even have early screenings of Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi film, Tenet, starting on Aug. 31. Tickets for these screenings will likely be accessible Friday, Aug. 21.
Harkins stated it could additionally deliver again some motion pictures that had their theatrical releases lower quick due to the pandemic.
“There isn’t any query that this has been probably the most tough time in my 50 plus years within the enterprise. I’m so excited and so appreciative of our unimaginable crew and tremendously loyal company which have continued to help us via this difficult time,” stated Proprietor Dan Harkins in a ready assertion. “I will likely be there opening evening and can’t wait to welcome everybody again to the films.”
When its theaters reopen, Harkins stated it could implement the next pointers:
- Required face coverings for Harkins workers and company, besides whereas consuming or ingesting in seats. Face masks will likely be accessible on the theatre for individuals who should not have one. Those that don’t put on a masks, will likely be requested to return when authorities mandates have relaxed.
- Added cleansing employees and additional enhanced cleansing and sanitizing procedures all through the theatre and all touchpoints
- Each day well being checks for crew members
- Social distancing required all through your complete theatre setting
- Reserved seating in all theatres
- Diminished and socially distant seating between each pair of seats
- Staggered showtimes to scale back the variety of company within the foyer
- Security shields in any respect visitor interplay factors
- Harkins Loyalty Cups will likely be refilled using a brand new paper cup (all different refills on paper drink and popcorn containers will likely be discontinued till additional discover)
- Elevated contemporary air, hospital-grade MERV 13 air filters, and HEPA filtered vacuums will likely be utilized in all auditoriums
Whereas none of Harkins’ theatres within the Phoenix metro are reopening but, the theater chain did open a pop-up drive-in on the weekend at its location in Chandler. You’ll be able to view present showtimes and pricing, here.
AMC Theatres started opening a few of its U.S. film theaters on Thursday, Aug, 20. Nonetheless, its areas in Arizona presently stay closed till presumably, it receives approval to reopen.
“This theatre is briefly closed in accordance with native, state and federal pointers. It’ll re-open when these pointers enable. Please proceed to verify again right here for updates,” a message reads on the web site of AMC’s Arizona areas. ABC15 reached out to a consultant for AMC on Thursday and didn’t obtain a response.
AMC’s and Alamo Drafthouse’s security protocols are much like these at Harkins’: masks required until consuming and ingesting within the theater, decreased capability and socially-distanced seating, cashless fee, and elevated cleansing and hand sanitizer stations.
Film theaters, in addition to bars, gyms, and water parks, had been closed by an government order issued by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey in June, when the state noticed a rise in constructive COVID-19 circumstances. That government order was prolonged indefinitely and can be reviewed each two weeks. It stays in impact.
In August, as the results of a lawsuit filed by a neighborhood health chain, the state launched coronavirus benchmarks that must be met to ensure that companies like film theaters and bars to reopen, typically at decreased capability. Nonetheless, over the past week or so, ADHS has been approving gyms and film theaters to reopen, saying these companies have submitted plans that meet — or go above and past — the state’s necessities.
Arizona’s COVID-19 circumstances and positivity charges have been trending down over the previous couple of weeks and with that, some counties have begun transferring from “substantial” neighborhood unfold into the “reasonable” vary, due to this fact assembly a number of the state-issued benchmarks.
As of Thursday, greater than 1,000 purposes had been filed with ADHS. Of that, greater than 30 companies had been accredited — a mixture of bars, gyms, and small film theaters — and 200 purposes had been denied. Companies that had been denied can enchantment. View the list of businesses approved and denied.