Dallas movie theaters say ‘thanks but no thanks’ to Friday reopening

Moviegoers will have to wait a little longer to see performances in the theater, despite Governor Greg Abbott’s reopening plan in Texas, which will allow cinemas to resume business on Friday with limited occupancy.

Most of the major theater chains that have been closed since mid-March have refused to take advantage of the voluntary reopening date. The Cinemark, Studio Movie Grill and Alamo Drafthouse locations will remain closed until further notice. Customer and employee safety is an issue that must be addressed before the public is invited to films and concessions.

Cinemark said Tuesday it was slated to open in midsummer. AMC Theaters is aiming for a similar date, according to a report on entertainment news site Deadline.

The Angelica Theaters in Dallas and Plano will also remain closed, according to a statement released on Wednesday.

Luis Olloqui, CEO of Cinépolis USA, released a statement Tuesday that the theaters, including the two North Texas locations at Victory Park and Euless, will not open on Friday either. When the chain turns the lights back on, it will be operating an “increased cleaning / disinfecting regimen that includes new procedures, equipment and extensive training,” the statement said, adding that more details at the time would be released within weeks .

According to similar statements published online, the suburban film houses Flix Brewhouse in Little Elm and Movie House & Eatery in Flower Mound, Keller and McKinney have followed suit and refused to reopen in time for the weekend.

The Texas Theater noted on Twitter that it will also remain closed for the time being, although its virtual roadside events and offerings will continue.

However, there is still a chance to get out of the house and go to the movies if you don’t mind staying in your car. The Coyote Drive-In in Fort Worth and the Galaxy Drive-In in Ennis are open Friday evenings. Outdoor seating and play areas at the drive-ins will remain closed.

Not only has the coronavirus crisis forced theaters to close, but it has also turned the release calendars for many major films upside down, posing a challenge for theaters looking to draw the masses back.

Update: April 29th at 1:15 pm: The Angelika Film Center announced that its theaters will also be closed on May 1st.

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