Plattsburgh – Calling all movie lovers! Grab some buttery popcorn and put your cellphone on silent: Regal screenings resume this week.
The theatre, a tenant of the Champlain Center mall in Plattsburgh Town and a subsidiary of the Cineworld Group, will officially reopen this Friday, May 28, for Memorial Day weekend.
“Buyers and staff are excited for the theater’s return to the mall,” said a news release from the Champlain Center.
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Regal operates more than 540 theaters nationwide, including 42 in New York State alone.
All were closed in March 2020 at the peak of the pandemic.
While most venues reopened in accordance with state and local guidelines, the Champlain Center cinema remained dark and where others were listed as “open now” or “coming soon”, it was the company’s “TBD”. ” was on the list, leading many to speculate. Official closure of the theatre.
The latest news makes it the last of the Empire State locations to reopen, trailing behind many in the Albany County area, along with Watertown and Syracuse.
As listed on its website, Regal’s reopening plan will follow state and local health and safety protocols and the protocols of the nationally recognized CinemaSafe.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently adopted updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about face coverings and full immunizations, but kept previous social distancing practices.
Where applicable, the state will require at least one vacant seat between groups in its theaters to maintain proper social distancing and, unless mandated by state and local guidelines, wear masks, says Regal. will not be required.
“Where masks are mandatory, they can be removed only while eating and drinking while sitting in the auditorium. Staff monitor the auditoriums during each performance as a standard practice.”
Concession stands will look different as moviegoers return to the flicks.
Regal says its tickets can be pre-purchased on its mobile app, which can also be used to purchase discounted items at the theatres.
According to its website, the concession stand changes are as follows:
• Every other register closed for social distancing
• There will be a small menu
• Staff to change old cup or bucket to new container during soft drink or popcorn refill
The above changes are not specific to the Plattsburgh location. An attempt to reach a representative for this report was unsuccessful.
According to Showtime listed on Regal’s website, some of the movies will return to the big screen the day before for a soft opening on Thursday, May 27.
These include Cruella, the 101 Dalmatian spinoff comedy starring Emma Stone, as well as John Krasinski’s highly anticipated drama A Quiet Place Part II, which was postponed due to COVID-19 and stars he and wife Emily Blunt.
Screenings on Friday and beyond were not listed until Monday evening.
The Cumberland 12 Cinema, a locally owned and operated theater on North Bowl Lane in Plattsburgh Town, is open for performances Friday through Sunday.
According to its website, Cruella and A Quiet Place Part II will also be in theaters later this week.
“Masks will still be required for both customers and staff in our theaters,” says its website. “The health of our customers and employees remains our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and we will see you in the movies.”
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