NEW YORK — John Lucas felt emotional strolling right into a movie show for the primary time in over a 12 months.
He noticed “Nomadland” on the AMC multiplex in Kips Bay on Friday, as cinemas reopened at 25% capability within the metropolis. Lucas waited to see the movie in particular person, regardless of it being out there to stream at residence.
“And it was so value it. It was attractive to have the ability to see simply the imaginative and prescient of that movie performed precisely how they wished it to be executed,” Lucas mentioned. “It was so huge, I simply couldn’t consider how a lot house there was on the display screen! It was superb. I used to be like misplaced.”
The reopening comes with loads of COVID-19 protocols: Masks are required besides whereas consuming or consuming. At AMC Theaters, the concession menu is quickly diminished.
Regardless of the modifications, film buffs are thrilled to be again.
“Holds a particular place in each our hearts,” August Davis mentioned about film theaters. “We’ve come right here a number of occasions, we’ve seen so many motion pictures right here,” mentioned August Davis.
“And likewise, it’s a reminder that issues are lastly getting higher,” mentioned Harper Lee Davis.
Every displaying can have not more than 50 folks. AMC says when moviegoers buy tickets at certainly one of their theaters, surrounding seats are mechanically blocked on all sides. Their auditoriums are additionally cleaned between every showtime.
“I used to be on the final displaying the final day earlier than theaters closed final 12 months, so I’m again right here on the very first day of the reopening. It felt precisely the identical apart from this factor proper right here. Solely distinction,” Jason Schneider mentioned as he pointed to his masks.
Lucas left the theater impressed, and mentioned the reopening was a constructive step towards bringing leisure again to the town.
“Some folks may say that ‘It’s only a movie, it’s only a play, it’s simply TV present,’ however, no, it’s extra,” Lucas mentioned. “It’s a narrative, it’s life, it’s human expertise.”
The massive query now could be, will this reopening be sufficient to assist theaters within the metropolis? So many smaller owned cinemas are nonetheless struggling, and even AMC was on the point of submitting for chapter just lately.
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