For the first time since the pandemic forced their closure in March, major theater chains across the U.S. have reopened their doors for the first major studio release, Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated Tenet.
In preparation for the film’s release, the exhibition industry launched a set of uniform health and safety protocols, dubbed CinemaSafe. It was a rare demonstration of solidarity among leaders of some of the most prominent theater chains in the country – AMC, Regal and Cinemark.
The protocols include mandatory mask and social distancing policies, seating capacity limits and innovative and frequent sanitization procedures to help moviegoers return to one of America’s most beloved pastimes with peace of mind.
But government mandates are keeping theaters closed in the industry’s two largest markets – California and New York – as well as four additional states. The exhibition industry is urging governors in those states to reopen theaters in conjunction with other indoor activities, such as dining, when it is considered safe to do so.
For now, moviegoers in New York, California, New Jersey, Maryland, North Carolina and New Mexico will have to wait a bit longer to watch Tenet on the big screen.