Indoor movie theaters in California will be among the family entertainment activities permitted to reopen June 12, but several theaters have already made it clear that Friday will not be their reopening date.
AMC had initially vowed not to open until new movies began to release, but the chain announced during its earning call today it expects to be fully up and running in July.
In its March 31 earnings call, Cinemark said it planned a phased nationwide reopening plan between June 19 and July 10. The first phase would consist of a one week, five-theater test in Fort Worth, Texas. The next week they’d test in its larger theaters with the hope of having all theaters open by July 10.
Arclight Cinemas has also said it will not be opening its theaters Friday, according to Deadline.
Each individual theater will only be allowed to be filled to 25 percent capacity, or 100 persons — whichever number is lower.
Theaters will also be encouraged to use reserved seating systems, close or remove seats to ensure six feet of physical distance and ask guests to use face coverings when not eating or drinking. The regulations also advise theaters to use disposable or washable seat covers.
Theaters may also ask guests to arrive at certain times to allow for staggered entry.