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NEW DETAILS: Movie theaters push back reopening dates

Dayton.com logo Dayton.com 6/30/2020 Kaylee Harter, Libby Ballengee, Ashley Moor - Contributing Writers
a person standing in front of a store: Cinemark theaters will begin its phased national reopening this weekend, with most Dayton-area theaters opening Fourth of July weekend. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS FROM CINEMARK THEATERS © Provided by Dayton.com Cinemark theaters will begin its phased national reopening this weekend, with most Dayton-area theaters opening Fourth of July weekend. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS FROM CINEMARK THEATERS

After months without business, movie theaters in the Dayton-area and across the country have been making plans to reopen in the coming days, and weeks.

Two national movie theater chains with local theaters have pushed back opening plans to later this month. The move comes as coronavirus rates continue to rise in the United States and the release dates for several blockbuster films have been pushed back.

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Originally scheduled to reopen in early July, Cinemark and Regal Cinemas locations in the Miami Valley have pushed back their reopening dates. Cinemark, with locations at The Greene, West Carrollton, Huber Heights and Piqua, originally announced local theaters would reopen starting on July 3. That plan has been delayed.

“As we monitor upcoming movie releases and local ordinances, we have modestly shifted our reopening schedule,” Cinemark wrote on its website. “We will continue the phased reopening of our theaters on July 24, with more openings to follow as new releases become available.”

Regal Cinemas, with a location at the Mall at Fairfield Commons, has tentatively pushed back its opening date to July 31. AMC Theatres, with locations in West Chester and Hamilton, have also delayed reopening until the end of July.

“Unhinged,” featuring Russell Crowe, is now set to release July 31. Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” is set to release Aug. 12, and Disney’s “Mulan” is now set to open Aug. 21.

a person standing in front of a computer:  Cinemark theaters will begin its phased national reopening this weekend, with most Dayton-area theaters opening Fourth of July weekend. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS photo Cinemark theaters will begin its phased national reopening this weekend, with most Dayton-area theaters opening Fourth of July weekend. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS photo

Several local smaller theaters are already back in business.

The Neon Movies held a soft opening last weekend, and plans to bring in new films leading into the holiday weekend. 

“Our soft opening went well,” Jonathan McNeal told us. “We learned a lot in the process, and customers loved Miss Juneteenth. Our safety protocols were embraced, and I'm eager to see how we do with two new films this weekend!”

Independent theaters including Englewood and Miamisburg have been open for several weeks, showing older films.

David A. Gross, principal of Franchise Entertainment Research, is confident theaters will bounce back and eventually return to business as usual. 

“Going to the cinema to see a movie is the finest experience of seeing a movie,” he said. “Yes, you can sit at home and watch it on streaming and on a smaller screen, but watching it in a dark room with strangers in an audience — that's the finest way to watch a movie and it always will be.” 

However, the road ahead is anything but simple.

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“I think there's really going to be a newfound appreciation for this,” said Phil Contrino, director of media and research at the National Association of Theatre Owners. “Especially going into the theater and a really big screen for the first time after all you had for months, really, is just sitting with your home set-up on the couch — it's going to feel way different. It's going to feel like a new experience.” 

The biggest challenge ahead is to ensure moviegoers feel safe from the spread of the coronavirus. 

Theaters are navigating staggered seating, new cleaning regimens and how to handle concessions in accordance with CDC and local health guidelines as they prepare to reopen. 

“Theater owners know that for people to come, moviegoers, rightfully, need assurance that it's going to be a safe environment, and the theater chains are working on all kinds of things to make that happen,” Gross said.

Here’s a rundown of when theaters in the area plan to open and what to expect:

🎞️LOCAL INDEPENDENT THEATERS

The Neon — OPEN

130 E. 5th St., Dayton

(937) 222-7469

http://www.neonmovies.com/

a sign on the side of a building:  The Neon movie theater, 130 E. Fifth St. in downtown Dayton. (Photo source: Facebook) photo © HANDOUT The Neon movie theater, 130 E. Fifth St. in downtown Dayton. (Photo source: Facebook) photo

The Neon held its soft opening on Friday, June 26. On July 3, The Neon is bringing in two new films. First is “John Lewis: Good Trouble,” the documentary about a living legend and current U.S. Representative for Georgia's 5th congressional district. The film documents his activism for civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health care reform and immigration. The theater also plans to debut “The Truth” on July 3, which stars legends of French cinema Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche, along with Ethan Hawke and is directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. This all-star cast offers a sharp, witty and relatable look at human relationships.

The virtual cinema will also continue.

Englewood Cinema — OPEN

320 National Road, Unit 21, Englewood

(937) 540-9533

https://englewoodcinema.com/

a kitchen filled with lots of counter space:  The Englewood Cinema will reopen next weekend for the first time since 2015. CONTRIBUTED photo © CONTRIBUTED The Englewood Cinema will reopen next weekend for the first time since 2015. CONTRIBUTED photo

What’s showing

Films showing the holiday weekend starting Friday and into next week include “Raiders of the Lost Arc” and Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.” The theater will be closed on July 4. A special admission price of $1 per film will be in effect that week. Movie tickets are typically $3.

Movies/Carryout Concessions 🍿

Englewood Cinema is now reopen for movies and carryout concessions on weekends. Get two large popcorns and two candies or drinks for $10, either by carryout or for those attending one of the films opening this weekend (see movie list below).

Carryout times: Friday & Saturday: Noon to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 5:30 p.m.

Rentals

Private rentals are available. Guests can pick their own movie or the theater can provide one for you at your choice.

Plaza Theatre — NOW OPEN

33 S. Main St., Miamisburg

(937) 247-5980

www.myplazatheatre.com

a sign above a store:  The Historic Plaza Theatre in downtown Miamisburg recently topped its goals of 42,000 attendees in its first three years since reopening photo © Staff Writer The Historic Plaza Theatre in downtown Miamisburg recently topped its goals of 42,000 attendees in its first three years since reopening photo

The Plaza Theatre is now open, with showings Thursdays through Sundays. Tickets are $5.

“The Wizard of Oz: is showing Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The theater will be closed on July 4. “Star Wars” The Force Awakens” will play July 6-8. “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” will play July 10-16.

Changes that have been made include: 

• The lobby doors will open 45 minutes prior to each showing to allow plenty of time to come in, get concessions and find a seat. The theater asks patrons to plan to arrive early to avoid a backup in the lobby at concessions. 

• Staff and volunteers will have masks on, and will be wiping down surfaces on a regular basis. Due to the size of our lobby, they would certainly very much appreciate masks worn by audience members too.  Once in the house, you can remove masks to enjoy popcorn and drinks.

• The house size will be limited to 100, which will allow for a safe distance between all parties, while still allowing people to sit close to those in the group. Customers should leave at least three seats between parties to allow a safe 6-foot distance. With the house capacity now limited, there will be plenty of room to keep the distance. It will still be open seating for regular movie showings.

How to help

The theater is still seeking donations that will continue to make up the difference in operation costs. Donations can be made by writing a check made out to The Plaza Theatre and mailing it to 33 S. Main St., Miamisburg, OH 45342. Click here to donate online here.

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Little Art Theatre

247 Xenia Ave, Yellow Springs, OH 45387

(937) 767-7671

https://www.littleart.com/

Little Art is aiming for mid-July to reopen. There will be some significant changes, including a new rule that requires masks to be worn at all times except when in the auditorium and socially distanced seating. The theater will move to reserved seating only, which will be available online and at the box office. 

a person walking down a street in front of a building:  The Little Art Theatre in Yellow Springs kept it's marquis, but completely renovated the interior. TY GREENLEES / STAFF photo © Ty Greenlees The Little Art Theatre in Yellow Springs kept it's marquis, but completely renovated the interior. TY GREENLEES / STAFF photo

🎞️NATIONAL CHAIN THEATERS

Cinemark (Huber Heights, Dayton South, The Greene, Piqua) 

Opening date: Phased reopening beginning in late July

Originally, Cinemark theaters in the Miami Valley were originally scheduled to reopen on July 3 and July 17. However, Cinemark has delayed this phased reopening plan. The new opening dates for local theaters are still being determined. 

Find a complete schedule for all Cinemark theater reopenings, organized by date and state, here.

What will be different: Upon reopening, top library hits will be shown at “welcome back” pricing ($5 for adults and $3 for children). Showtimes will be more staggered.  

What they’re doing: 

- Reduced seating capacity and advance ticket sales

- Frequently and thoroughly disinfecting “high-touch” areas 

- Installation of plexiglass screens at the box office and concession stands 

- Disinfecting seats each morning 

- Requiring all employees to wear masks and encouraging customers 

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AMC Theaters (Hamilton, West Chester)

Opening dates: Late July

What they’re doing:

- Reduced capacity

- Increased cleaning measures

Regal Cinemas (Beavercreek)

Opening date: July 31

What will be different: It will initially offer classic titles — such as the Harry Potter films — at a discounted price of $5 for adults and $3 for children.

What they’re doing:

- Seating capacity reduced to 50%

- Two empty seats between groups of patrons (and one in the instance of recliner seats)

- Contactless payment and advance ticket purchase through the Regal app

- Reduced concessions. Refills suspended.

- ULV Foggers. Employees will sanitize every auditorium and seat after each movie using new electrostatic “fogger” equipment. 

- Floor markers to help with social distancing

- Employees will undergo daily health screenings including temperature checks

More info: Website

Cinepolis (Austin Landing)  

Opening dates: No set date yet

What will be different: 50% capacity, more details to come 

Safety measures: New cleaning procedures and a training program for staff. 

Click here for updates: https://cinepolisusa.com/locations/cinepolis-dayton

Showcase Cinema de Lux (Springdale near Tri County Mall just off I-275 at the I-75 intersection)

Opening date: Now open

What will be different:

- All tickets will be $5 during initial reopening phase featuring older films.

- Reduced seating capacities

- Increased cleaning protocols

- Employee health screenings before each shift

- New air purifying system

- Employees and customers asked to wear masks

- Concessions will be in covered containers

- Contactless payment options

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