Lights, camera, action!
With the influx of drive-in theaters pulling up all over the city, one might have forgotten that way-back-when, before the pandemic, we used to watch theaters inside of a cinema. On their 100-year anniversary, screening behemoth, AMC Theaters, is back to celebrate a century of movies with tickets at 1920s prices.
For their one-day-only event, the theater chain is selling tickets at the pocket-change price of 15¢ as they gear to reopen over a 100 cinemas across the country. Thursday marks the first day that AMC has been open to the public since early March when the stay-at-home order went into effect.
On June 24, when Chicago transitioned into Phase 4 of its reopening plans, theaters were permitted to reopen to the public. But like many other cinemas in the city, AMC remained closed for precautionary reasons. Although the cinema has opened up its theaters outside the US, the company had to call off a few planned re-openings in US after rises in the coronavirus.
On August 20, the cinema is celebrating their grand re-opening on their 100th anniversary with 15¢ tickets. The featured films on the promotional event include: Back to the Future, Black Panther, Ghostbusters, and Grease.
To ensure public safety, the theater is implementing precautionary measures and procedures including:
- Required masks for guests and crew
- Social distancing markers
- 40% capacity theaters or less
- Available hand sanitizing stations and disinfecting wipes
- Enhanced cleaning procedures
Over the next few weeks, the theaters will begin screening new releases that include Christopher Nolan’s highly-anticipated Tenet on September 3, as well as Unhinged, a mystery-thriller starring Russel Crowe, and Personal History of David Copperfield, a comedy-drama directed by Armando Iannucci.
There are 8 AMC theaters in Chicago.
[Featured image: @amctheaters]