TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Several area movie theaters will be reopening over the next month.
KJB Theaters, with locations in Linton, Ind., Washington, Ind. and Paris, Ill., will reopen Aug. 20.
“We are very excited to bring brand new movies to our communities for the first time since March 13,” Brent Barnhart, KJB Theaters president, said. “We are working with local authorities, the CDC, and our trade group NATO (National Association of Theater Owners) to enact a very safe indoor theater environment.”
The first showing for KJB Theaters will be “Unhinged,” a thriller from Solstice Studios starring Russell Crowe.
“We all agree that it takes all theaters combined to make sure this experience is as safe as possible and that’s what we will do,” Barnhart said after speaking with other theater owners during his weekly NATO call Thursday.
He noted all KJB Theaters will max out at half capacity and masks will be required when not eating or drinking. They will also use 6 foot floor markings for proper spacing in the lobby. Restrooms will be limited to two at a time, and showtimes will be limited to allow more time for cleaning and sterilizing between shows.
AMC Theaters, the nation’s largest movie theater chain, will reopen in the U.S. in waves beginning Aug. 20. The Terre Haute location is scheduled to open Aug. 27 followed by the Vincennes AMC on Sept. 3.
AMC confirmed that Disney’s much-delayed “New Mutants” will debut in theaters Aug. 28, with Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” to follow Sept. 3. Warner Bros. is planning to release “Tenet” a week earlier internationally, including in Canada. A handful of smaller new releases are also planned for late August, including and Armando Iannucci’s “Personal History of David Copperfield,” from Disney’s Fox Searchlight.
AMC said Thursday is expects about two thirds of its theaters will be open in time for “Tenet.” Several states, including California and New York, are yet to allow movie theaters to reopen.
AMC and other chains have said they will operate at reduced capacity to facilitate social distancing, along with increased theater cleaning and required mask wearing.