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Utah AMC Theaters reopen with new rules

Aug 27, 2020, 8:00 AM
Theater chain AMC reopens tomorrow in Utah, with new rules...
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 05: People wear protective face masks outside the AMC Empire 25 movie theater in Times Square as the city continues Phase 4 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on August 5, 2020 in New York City. The fourth phase allows outdoor arts and entertainment, sporting events without fans and media production. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
(Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY— Two of the three AMC theaters in Utah will reopen Thursday with a few notable new rules in place to keep moviegoers safe and healthy.  The company is calling its COVID safety era “AMC Safe and Clean, which they’ve detailed in an informational video.  It seems, going to the movies will look and feel quite a bit different.  

One of the most notable changes moviegoers will see at the three theaters in  Layton, West Jordan (both opening on Thursday) and Provo (opening on Wednesday) will be masks. AMC says face coverings will be required from entry to exit, the only exception is when you’re eating or drinking. AMC says if anyone has forgotten their mask, they’ll have some available for purchase at the theater.

NO MORE CROWDED THEATERS

AMC says they are keeping theater capacity to 30%.  In their “traditional seating” theaters, every other row will be blocked out to create distance between patrons.  There will also be an empty seat left between parties.  In their “wide, luxury chair” theaters, AMC is requiring parties to be separated by one seat. 

CASHLESS CONCESSIONS

The theater is urging customers to go digital when paying for concessions.  AMC touts it’s expanded their mobile option of ordering food nationwide… and says their concession stand will not take cash.  Also, “classic movie staples” seems to be the fare.  The chain says they’ve pared down their menu to make it easier to prepare (and therefore less germy.)  So it’s back to basic sodas, popcorn, candy, and nachos. 

One of the movie causalities of COVID at AMC is free refills.  The second helping of popcorn or soda is gone to limit potential contact.  However, the popular Freestyle Coca-Cola fountain still seems to be in the lobby as shown in the video. 

The video also says they’ve got new hygiene equipment to go along with intensive cleaning and sanitation processes.  The video highlights futuristic-sounding Electrostatic Disinfectant Sprayers, Hepa vacuum cleaners, and the latest MERV ventilation filters. 

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