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Movie Theaters can reopen as Kern County moves into red tier

Under the new guidelines theaters can open at 25% capacity, or 100 guests
Posted at 11:54 AM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 14:55:43-04

Movie theaters have taken a huge hit amid the corona virus pandemic, but as the state moves more counties into the next tier for reopening, movie-goers may soon return to the cinema.

The Reading Cinemas Valley Plaza with Imax shut down on March 17th and they haven’t opened their doors since. And because of this, General Manager Jenny Sullivan tells me they had to let go of all of their employees. However, they are now looking at bringing some of them back, but the number of employees that come back will depend on the amount of revenue that comes in.

And once they do reopen, things will look very different than they did seven months ago. Sullivan says they will only open up at 25% capacity, or 100 people. Sullivan says all guests will wear face masks and the theater will follow all safety protocols, given by the state and local public health departments. Despite the change, Sullivan says they’re so excited to get back to work. She says, “and were just hopeful that the public wants to come out and support us! Come out and have a nice family night, a date night, and just enjoy themselves!”

And while many major movie theater companies have made decisions to shut down during this pandemic. Sullivan says it has been hard, but they are currently able to stay afloat financially.

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