BANGOR – We’ve had a rainy start to our week and most times people would take this weather as an opportunity to see the latest blockbuster film.
“I mean unprecedented doesn’t seem like a strong enough word. We’ve been closed for, well it’s be almost four months,” said Patrick Myers, executive director of Center Theatre.
Movie theaters, among other entertainment businesses, are allowed to reopen starting July 1.
“We were keeping an eye on the DECD website daily, if not hourly, waiting for the official word,” Myers said.
This is Phase III of Gov. Janet Mills’ reopening plan. However, there are restrictions on how movie theaters can operate to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“It is what it takes to be allowed to open to make it work and be able to make everybody feel comfortable and enjoy going,” said Shawn Ryder, general manger of Bangor FunPlex.
Theaters will be blocking off rows and keeping seats empty between families.
The governor’s order prohibits gatherings of more than 50 people.
The theaters at Bangor FunPlex typically would hold close to 100 people. They’re cutting it down to 44 at most, according to the general manager.
Masks must be worn and movie showings will be spaced out to allow ample cleaning of the theater and lobby in between movies.
“It’s going to be a completely different experience but we’re hoping to make it a memorable experience just like any other time,” Ryder said.
Both Myers and Ryder are encouraging movie goers to purchase tickets ahead of time, so you’re guaranteed a seat.
Now the biggest set back — Myers said major movie distributors have delayed the release of movies.
But theaters are working to bring you movies to brighten the rainy days.
“Some new, some old, some classics,” Ryder said. “A little bit of something for everybody.”