NY movie theaters still waiting to reopen after nearly a half-year closed

Jerry Gretzinger & WNYT Staff
Created: September 04, 2020 06:24 PM

Governor Cuomo said more than two weeks ago he thought movie theaters would be next to reopen. However, they're still waiting.

John Fithian of the National Association of Theatre Owners got the message. He says they've taken steps to keep people safe, but like a moviegoer have just been sitting and watching as everything else opens around them.


He says each individual theater in a multiplex has its own air conditioning system. Air from one does not mix with another and theatres have stepped up their filtering systems to maximize outdoor air circulation.

New touchless buying options preserve distance between parties for ticketing.

There's also social distancing between parties.

Masks would be required, further reducing the risk of transmission.  With projected blockbuster “Tenet” hitting theaters this week, he says re-opening now could go a long way for theaters eager to start down the road of financial recovery.

Hear Fithian talk more about why he says if gyms can reopen, so can the movies, by watching the video of Jerry Gretzinger's story.

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