REDDING, Calif. – Movie-goers will be able to go back to the box officer next week with Cinemark 14 making its comeback.
Cinemark 14 will reopen on March 5. The theater will open 20 minutes before the first showtime.
The movie company said it’s making some safety changes. People must wear a mask in order to get inside, the theater is staggering showtimes, and spacing out seats.
Some people don’t mind the changes. For some, they haven’t been able to go to a movie theater in almost a year.
“It's been a long time it's hard to remember what it feels like,” said Aliyah Doan of Redding.
“I really miss going to the movie theaters because it was a fun thing to do with friends,” said Elle Dank of Redding.
It's the experience of going to the theater to see a movie that people miss the most.
“I think movies are an integral part of a balanced life in some people's lives,” said Andrew Bennett of Redding. “Some entertainment is always helpful.”
Even though you can stream newly released movies on an app, it’s not the same experience.
“It's not the same when it's just at home because you can do that anytime,” said Dank.
While some big-time movie hits are available on some streaming services like HBO Max, Netflix, and even Disney+, people would still rather see their movies right here on the big screen.
“Sharing the experience of watching a movie with someone and the overall just atmosphere of the movie theater in the dark with a huge screen, that was really fun,” said Dank. “You have something to talk about with your friends after.”
Cinemark is encouraging people to buy their tickets online for a more contactless experience. The movie company is even offering private watch parties, which allows people to stay within their own group.
Under the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, movie theaters can reopen at 25% capacity when in the red tier.