Back to the big screen: Cinemark Theater reopens

With Butte County's move to the red tier, Cinemark Theater reopened Friday at 25% capacity.

Posted: Mar 12, 2021 7:13 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The Cinemark Theatre in Chico is finally opening its doors again to movie fans after being closed for over three months.
“I'm really excited,” said Lily Emmerling, who lives in Chico. “I think maybe it's been about a year since I went to a movie and I really missed the movie theatre."

Although you won't see packed theaters just yet, as they are operating at 25% capacity.

"I think going to the movies was something we all took for granted before the pandemic,” said Chanda Brashears, SVP of Investor Relations and Public Relations at Cinemark. “There is truly nothing like the escape associated with a movie."

Masks are mandatory and there will be hand sanitizer throughout the theater.

Guests are able to remove their mask to enjoy popcorn, sodas or there other favorite theater treats.

Cinemark also has a new seat buffering technology so when you purchase tickets you don't have to worry about sitting next to strangers.

"As long as we have our masks on and we are six feet or more apart, I think we will be ok," said Amber Alexander, who lives in Chico.

Movie lovers are excited to experience movies the way they are supposed to be seen - on the big screen

"For me, I just love experiencing a movie for the first time like in the atmosphere of a theatre,” said Lily Patrick, an eager movie-goer. “It's quiet dark and you get to go with your friends. It's a lot different than just watching it at home."

Cinemark is also offering private watch parties for groups of up to 20 people.

It is $99 for comeback classics and $149 for new movies, so your group can have the whole theater all to yourselves.

Click here to find a list of show times and to reserve your seats in advance.

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