TAUNTON – As COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted, more and more of us are getting back to doing the things we used to love doing.
hanging out with friends, going back, in person, going to our favorite restaurants, even going about everyday tasks that many of us put off or change while waiting our turn to get vaccinated .
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One thing that I have missed the most since March 2020 is going to the movies.
Not that it’s the only thing I’ve missed; It’s been enough. But going and watching a movie was a mundane thing I once took for granted, and I have missed it dearly.
There’s nothing like going to a movie alone on a weekday afternoon or going out with friends to see that new release you’ve all been waiting for.
Streaming services have taken off over the past year, such as offering new releases the same day they’re in theaters, whether for free or as a rental.
This has made it easier for people to watch movies and that is a good thing.
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But, given that I don’t have kids to worry about, or much of a social life, I can’t help but feel a little cheated, sitting at home and having popcorn in one of my PJs. Paying $20 to see a new movie. which I made
I want to go out too much, indulge in too much movie theater popcorn, which is the elixir of the gods, and most likely indulge in some candy.
If any theatergoers are reading this, I am totally kidding and I will never hide anything in this. Certainly on many occasions I never had a full meal in my purse.
For the most part, movie theaters here have reopened, and they are keeping some of their pandemic practices in place, whether it’s easier access to digital shopping, or new cleaning protocols, and even Theater for rent too.
Things get a little tricky if you live in the Taunton area, as the fate of our own Regal Cinema remains uncertain.
Here is the latest information on plans to reopen theaters in our area:
Regal Cinemas Silver City Galleria
Regal Cinemas has long had a home in Taunton at the Silver City Galleria Mall. The mall is now closed and on the demolition block, this location is listed as “Permanently Closed”. Looking at the Regal Cinemas website, Taunton is no longer listed as a Regal location in Massachusetts. It is unclear whether there are any plans to bring the theater back to Taunton at this time, and several emails from there Taunton Daily Gazette A request for comment has gone unanswered as of this writing.
207 Swansea Mall Drive, Swansea
Regal Cinemas in Swansea, which before closing in 2020 still had the classic setup of folding chairs and arcade games in the lobby, is still listed as “temporarily closed”. Regal Swansea often featured films that were not in Taunton, such as special screenings. Over the years they have hosted Studio Ghibli film festivals, special screenings from Turner Classic Movies, and even re-releases and premieres of “Doctor Who”. Losing this theater would be like losing something special. Regal’s website originally listed the Swansea location under their May reopening, but in recent weeks the location has now been listed as “TBD”. I visited the site myself in the last week of May, and there was no sign indicating any date to reopen. A request for comment has so far gone unanswered by Regal. For the latest information about Regal Theater reopenings, visit https://www.regmovies.com.
Picture Show at Southcoast Marketplace
550 William S. Canning Blvd., Fall River
All picture show theaters are now open. According to the Picture Show website, increased cleaning practices are in place, there are plexiglass barriers for employees, and the website says the HVAC units of Picture Show Theaters have all been serviced. They’re also offering staggered movie times to control the crowd, as well as hand-cleaning stations throughout the facility. Tickets can be purchased in advance on their website. There is reserved seating, with space between groups. All picture show locations are following state and CDC guidelines about wearing masks. Guests are being asked to maintain proper physical distance at the Fall River location. For showtimes and tickets, visit https://Pictureshowent.com/theatres/Picture-show-fall-river.
Showcase Cinemas Seeconk Route 6
100 Commerce Way, Seekonk
Showcase Cinemas is offering regular showtimes as well as private screenings, ranging in price from $99 to $199, depending on which movie you choose. They also have a mobile app, so ticket orders can be contactless (this was the case even before the COVID-19 pandemic began). Guests can now even order concessions in advance. Theater guests are not required to wear masks if they are vaccinated. Better cleaning protocols are still in place to ensure that spectators are properly distanced, with stadiums still less in capacity. Other Showcase Cinemas within reasonable driving distance, 640 S. in North Attleboro. Showcase are Cinema de Luxe on Washington St. and Showcase Cinema de Luxe Patriot Place at 24 Patriot Place in Foxboro. For more information visit https://www.showcasecinemas.com.
AMC Dartmouth Mall
140 N. Dartmouth Mall, North Dartmouth
The AMC says it does not require masks for fully vaccinated guests, although it is unclear how that provision will be enforced. Tickets and snacks can be booked ahead of time using the AMC app. They also offer private theater rentals: guests can choose from a collection of new releases or “fan favorites.” Private screenings hold up to 20 guests and costs range from $99 to $250, depending on the film package selected. For more information, as well as show times and tickets, visit https://www.amctheatres.com.
Plimoth Petxett Museum Visitor Center
137 Warren Ave., Plymouth
The Plimoth Cinema, located in the Plimoth Patuxett Museum Visitor Center, is now open and shows films daily at 4:30 pm and 7 pm. It is a small cinema, with just two theatres: the Ruby Winslow Lynn Theater and the Harriet K. Maxwell Theatre. It’s a fascinating place though, and they often show movies that some of the bigger series don’t. I was lucky enough to see “Loving Vincent” there—a painted, Academy Award-winning film about the months after the death of artist Vincent Van Gogh. No other theater around here had this, but Plimoth Cinema did. Fresh popped popcorn is available at concessions as a cold drink. According to the cinema’s website, they’re expected to bring back beer and wine on Fridays and Saturdays soon. Guests can subscribe to their newsletter to receive updates about what movies they’re showing and what’s coming next. For more information visit https://www.plimoth.org/explore/visitor-center/plimoth-cinema.
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