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EVO Cinemas Planning May 4, 2020 Reopening

Posted on Thursday, April 30th, 2020 3:53 PM

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Texas-based EVO Entertainment is planning to open its five locations in the state beginning Monday, May 4, 2020. The first locations to open will be the EVO Cinemas - Kyle in Kyle, and the EVO Cinemas - Schertz in Schertz. Both are located along I-35, between San Antonio and Austin.

The company's web site contains a message that mentions its plans to reopen the movie theaters, and outlines how they are going to do it, and what moviegoers can expect:


It's been 39 days since we closed our doors, doing our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Although we have been unable to welcome you into our venues, we've been so incredibly blessed to continue creating amazing entertainment experiences with many of you through new experiences such as The EVO Drive-in, EVO® Market, At Home Movie Nights, and more. Because of you, our amazing #EVOFamily.. and your outstanding support, not one of our incredible 900 team-members lost their jobs or missed a paycheck. 

From the bottom of our hearts.. THANK YOU. 

​Over these past 39 days (In addition to the fun we've had with each of you) we've had our sights set on the future, diligently planning to once again share our in-venue experiences while taking every pre-caution to keep you, our EVO Family healthy and safe. Today, we're excited to share that we will soon be putting these plans to good use. 

​In accordance with Governor Abbott's Executive Order GA-18, we will once again open the doors to EVO Entertainment. Beginning on Monday, May 4th 2020, our venues in Kyle, Texas and Schertz, Texas will resume limited operations under Phase 01 of our COVID-19 Re-Launch plan, along with the continued operation of our EVO Market and Curbside & Home Delivery programs. Additionally, for those looking for a cinematic escape but may not yet feel comfortable returning to an in-venue experience, we will be re-launching the EVO® Drive-In experience in Schertz, Texas and soon expanding the experience to Kyle, and San Marcos, Texas. All other venues including San Marcos, New Braunfels, & Fredericksburg, will remain temporarily closed.

​In the coming days, we will share additional information such as what movies will be playing and how to purchase tickets, as well as expected re-openings of additional locations . In the meantime, we invite each of you to review our operating plans to see exactly what your in-venue experience will look like and view the steps we'll be taking to ensure that your entertainment experience remains safe and healthy.

The message contains a link to the company's phased reopening plan. This plan outlines expectations for employees, such as washing of hands, sanitizing contact surfaces, physical distancing, protective equipment, and the availability of sick leave so they don't come in when they're sick. It also outlines how moviegoers will be welcomed and interact with employees during their visit.

Phase 1

Guests and employees alike will be scanned for their body temperature upon arrival. Both will be asked about symptoms of illness or exposure to anyone with symptoms. Facial coverings will be required of both guests and employees, and staff will wear gloves that will be replaced often.

Online ticket sales will be encouraged, with ticketing fees waived. Kiosks will be available in the lobby for in-person sales, and no cash will be accepted for tickets or concessions.

Speaking of concessions, spacing will be enforced by using every other terminal, and there will be 10-foot interval markings on the floor so moviegoers can keep their distance. In-theater food service will be via disposable menus and written orders with single-use pencils and pads.

Auditoriums will have flexible seat spacing to allow for six-foot distancing between groups of up to five. Maximum seating of each auditorium will be 25% of capacity.

Seating Plan - Phase 2EVO Seating Plan - Phase 1

Phase 2

The second phase loosens things up a little. Only staff will have their temperatures taken and asked questions of symptoms. Facial coverings will not be required by either staff or guests, but staff will continue to use gloves. Ticketing and concession practices will be the same as in Phase 1.

Auditorium seating will be increased to 50% of capacity, while still keeping the six foot spacing requirement between people in rows and at least one empty seat between groups, which can be up to eight people.

Seating Plan - Phase 2
EVO Seating Plan - Phase 2

Phase 3

The final phase concentrates on limited physical distancing. Employees will be asked about symptoms, but temperatures will not be taken. No facial coverings, but staff must still wear gloves.

Cash will be accepted for tickets, concessions, and in-theater food service, but ten-foot spacing will continue. Reusable in-theater menus will return, but they will be cleaned after each use.

Auditorium seating will be limited to 75% of capacity with one-seat spacing between groups of up ten people.

Seating Plan - Phase 3EVO Seating Plan - Phase 3

Looks Good - Will It Work to Attract Audiences?

Looking at it, this plan seems very good. It's doing things in phases, and it's outlining everything that staff and moviegoers alike can expect when the theaters reopen and as time goes on.

Time will tell if audiences react favorably, but this plan is definitely better than no plan, and it may provide a template for other theaters to use as a basis for their own theaters and make improvements and changes as necessary. This entire pandemic-caused isolation experience has been about accommodating the situation as best possible, and taking precautions to ensure as much safety and security as possible.

Will plans like these make you more willing to return to theaters, or will the sight of employees with face masks and being asked for your body temperature and symptoms questions scare you off?

Let us know in the comments below!

Images by EVO Entertainment.

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