new york city movie theaters

New York City movie theaters are steadily opening back up. Roughly two weeks after the state expanded its vaccine eligibility to all residents, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York City movie theaters can expand their capacity from 25% to 33%, starting next week.

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Cinerama Dome

Earlier this week, Hollywood was heartbroken to learn the sad news that ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres would be closing all of their locations, including the famed Cinerama Dome on Sunset Boulevard. Industry insiders, directors, and general audiences grieved the loss of these Southern California institutions by sharing their favorite moviegoing memories, but the future of the Dome remains murky. Thanks to a couple of recent reports, though, we’ve learned about two ways the Cinerama Dome could be saved – and why it seems unlikely that the iconic building will be converted into a high-end restaurant. Read More »

arclight cinemas closing

Arclight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres are closing down permanently. The beloved theater brands, considered an institution of the Los Angeles movie scene, are shutting down due to the financial toll brought on by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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the batman release date

Warner Bros.‘ controversial day-and-date release experiment will end after this year. After shattering the traditional theatrical release model with their decision to debut the entire 2021 Warner Bros. slate simultaneously in theaters and HBO Max, WarnerMedia confirmed they’re going back to traditional theaters-only releases in 2022.

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Los Angeles movie theaters

Update: Los Angeles County officials confirm that starting on Monday, March 15, 2021, Los Angeles movie theaters will be able to reopen “with reserved seating only where each group is seated with at least 6 feet of distance in all directions between any other groups.” Monday also marks the days that museums, zoos, and aquariums can open indoors at 25% capacity; gyms, fitness centers, yoga and dance studios can open indoors at 10% capacity with masks; restaurants can open indoors at 25% max capacity under certain conditions; and more. Our original article from March 9 follows.

Since the pandemic caused the theatrical exhibition industry to come to an abrupt halt last year, some theaters have slowly reopened across the country. But until last week, the nation’s two biggest markets – New York and Los Angeles – remained shuttered. New York has been back in action for a few days, and today, new projections indicate that Los Angeles movie theaters could reopen as soon as next week based on the number of coronavirus cases in the area. Read More »

lord of the rings alamo drafthouse

One cast to rule all the local cinemas, and in the darkness save them. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is bringing the fellowship back together for special Q&A screenings with The Lord of the Rings cast in support of local cinemas around the world. Moderating the Q&As with director Peter Jackson and cast members Elijah WoodSean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Ian McKellen, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, and more is The Late Show host and longtime J.R.R. Tolkien fan Stephen Colbert.

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Will Movie Theaters Survive

After nearly a year of being completely shut down because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, New York City movie theaters are reopening. Starting early March, New York City movie theaters will be permitted to reopen at limited capacity — with strict restrictions in place, of course.

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Black Widow Trailer

Disney has officially debunked speculation that the long-delayed Marvel Studios film Black Widow would forego theaters to debut straight to Disney+, with CEO Bob Chapek’s confirming that the company is still “intending it to be a theatrical release.” This release strategy is reportedly being fought for by Marvel chief Kevin Feige, who is apparently resistant to the hybrid release that Disney is employing for films like Raya and the Last Dragon.

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A24 virtual screenings

If you’ve been dying to see Minari, here’s a great way to do it safely.

Film distribution company A24 has launched the A24 Screening Room, a website where film fans can access virtual screenings of their new movies. The only title listed so far is Minari, writer/director Lee Isaac Chung‘s excellent family drama, but presumably we’ll be able to watch upcoming films there as well. (The Green Knight, anyone?) Get details about the new A24 virtual screenings below.
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movie theaters surviving

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic nears the one-year mark and movie exhibition chains have remained closed for nearly as long, the two biggest theater chains in the U.S. are taking drastic measures to stay afloat. AMC Theaters and Regal Cinemas have both taken action to ensure that they’ll stick around for at least a few more months. But whether that will be enough is yet to be seen.

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