Major theaters reopen with restrictions

It's a luxury some said they didn't realize they'd miss.

Posted: Aug 27, 2020 6:15 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Social distancing, masks, and sanitation are measures we've come to expect out of businesses, and the theaters reopening this weekend are no exception. They'll be adding extra measures to get you back in front of the big screen safely.

It's a luxury some said they didn't realize they'd miss.

"I cannot wait for the theaters to get back open again," said Kevin Cargill, a Springfield father of six. "I'm going to spend $50 on a bag of popcorn, $12 on a bottle of water, it doesn't matter. Just to sit down to have peace and quiet in the dark and all my kids to just shut up for an hour and a half to watch this movie."

Regal Cinemas in Valley River Center Mall opens Friday. The AMC in Corvallis is already open. Both are adding safety measures like cutting their occupancy in half for Regal and to 40% for AMC. They are only allowing masks to come off when you're both seated and either eating or drinking.

Others said the switch to digital -- watching movies at home -- has been good too.

"I didn't really go to movie theaters before because it's so expensive so really like the pandemic has been helpful with the release of major movies at home," said Ashlei Fraser, a Eugene resident.

At Regal most tickets are $5 and most movies are either throwbacks like Rocky or fan favorites like Batman.

AMC in Corvallis opened Thursday with select new releases at normal price and other classics and fan favorites like Rocky and Inception.

Some said they're looking forward to even a slice of normalcy

"The distance that it has with everything -- being able to go out and do what you want with your family or your friends, it's kind of holding us back from enjoying ourselves, but I think it's be a good thing for us to join back together," said Eugene resident Ryan Payne.

Both area theaters have showtimes on their website.

Cinemark at the Shoppes at Gateway anounced they will reopen Sept. 4.

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