Most Capital Region Movie Theaters Open Friday
Finally, we got an answer from the governor on when we can go to the movies. The answer came on Saturday that this week, movie theaters will open with limited capacity and restrictions. But not all Capital Region theaters may open. In a press conference on Saturday, Governor Andrew Cuomo finally gave answers to theater owners throughout the state. According to CBS 6 Albany, movie theaters outside of New York City are finally able to reopen.
The reopening of movie theaters comes with some restrictions and protocols. On Friday, October 23rd, Capital Region movie theaters will reopen at twenty-five percent capacity. Governor Cuomo also stated that there can be up to fifty people in the theater per screen. Assigned seating and social distancing are necessary along with wearing masks.
Theaters across New York state can open as long as there are less than two percent infection rate over a fourteen-day period. The only county in the Capital Region that doesn't meet the standards is Greene County.
Now the question is if Regal Cinemas will reopen in New York state. It was reported last month that because of blockbuster movies not being released, Regal Cinemas were closing many of their locations.
In New York state, there are forty-four Regal Cinemas. According to TimesUnion.com, most of the movie theaters are tied to malls which, if they were to close for good would most likely be a huge detriment to the malls that are already struggling. There are Regal Cinemas in Clifton Park, Queensbury, Colonie, East Greenbush, and Albany.