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The New Movie Theatre Experience!

By: Aadil Kherani

The Coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of things to close down. One of these many things was movie theatres, but fortunately for us, they are finally opening back up. Movie theatres will follow many safety precautions amidst this pandemic. If you still feel worried, many new movies are partnered with streaming services to bring them straight to your home. Below is all the information you need to know about your options:

When are theatres opening?

Many theatres have already opened up around Wheaton. Wheaton’s Studio Movie Grill, as well as Yorktown’s AMC Dine-In, are both already open for people to watch. All Regal theaters are still temporarily closed, and they have said that they will “continue to monitor the situation closely and will communicate any future plans.” Since other theaters have started to open back up, hopefully, Regal will follow shortly.

What are theatres’ safety precautions?

All theatres have gone to great measures to ensure the safety of their customers. They will all have socially distanced seating, and all guests will be required to wear masks when they are not eating. SMG has made all ticket purchases contactless with the ability to order them online or at a self-service kiosk. AMC has also implemented hand-sanitizer and disinfectant wipe stations to ensure safety. AMC has noted that all theatres are only at 40% capacity or less to keep guests socially distanced. Other theatres will probably be about the same.

Where will I be able to stream new movies?

HBO MAX has partnered with Warner Bros. to release their movies for subscribers at no additional cost. These new movies will be available for 31 days on HBO MAX while simultaneously showing in theatres. HBO MAX is currently $14.99/month, which may be expensive for many, but their collection of movies and tv shows mixed with all of the new movies makes it a great deal. Disney+ which is currently $6.99/month will also release Disney movies simultaneously with theatres. Unlike HBO MAX though, there is a premiere access fee of around $29.99 but will be free of charge after a few months. Amazon Prime Video will also offer in-theatre rentals for $19.99, and you do not need a membership to purchase them. As movies have already been shifting to a streaming age, COVID-19 has just expedited the process. It would not be surprising if more movies are released like this in the future.

What movies are coming out?

Some of the movies that are currently in theatres are Wonder Woman 1984, The Croods: A New Age, and The Little Things. Many more are set to come out in 2021 including Raya and the Last Dragon, Black Widow, Free Guy, Cruella, Luca, Top Gun: Maverick, Jungle Cruise, The Suicide Squad, Hotel Transylvania 4, Death On The Nile, A Quiet Place Pt. II, Dune, Morbius, No Time To Die, Mission Impossible 7, The Matrix 4, and Godzilla vs. Kong.

Amidst the many difficulties that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought us, times are changing to adapt to the new circumstances, and a lot of fun will be in store no matter how you will choose to watch your movies.

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