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New York City Movie Theaters May Reopen at Limited Capacity March 5

Posted on Monday, February 22, 2021 5:19 PM

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that movie theaters in New York City will be allowed to open starting March 5, 2021. The announcement comes with the limitation that theaters are limited to 25% capacity and a maximum per-screen capacity of 50 people.

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Many theaters in New York City have been closed since March 2020, when theaters across the country were shuttered over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The city is a major market, along with Los Angeles, and without theaters in those two cities open, movie studios have been very reticent about releasing their A-list titles.

Currently, less than 30 movie theaters out of over 300 are open and showing movies in the entire state of New York. It will be interesting to see how many that jumps to as theaters make their plans for a possible return to showing movies again.

The March 5 date coincides with the theatrical release date for Chaos Walking and Raya and the Last Dragon, as well as some other smaller releases. Our guess is that many theaters will want to capitalize on the availability of studio movies and a moviegoing public that should be chomping at the bit to watch movies on the big screen again.

Keep an eye on your favorite theaters and/or nearby theaters to see when showtimes begin to appear! We'll have them as soon as the theaters provide them to us!

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