After a year of closure, cinemas are (finally) reopening in New York and London

(Copyright: Angela Weiss / AFP)

(Copyright: Angela Weiss / AFP)


23/02/21 11h53

Good news on the horizon! After several months of closure, the Governor of New York and the British Prime Minister have announced the reopening of cinemas in the coming weeks.

It was during a press conference, held on February 22, that the governor of the State of New York announced the reopening of theaters on March 5. The maximum size of rooms is set at 25%, a limit of 50 spectators per room, said Democrat Andrew Cuomo. In addition, wearing a mask will be compulsory and that the spectators will have a seat allocated in advance, in order to ensure good social distance.

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Unprofitable conditions

While New York cinemas organize their reopening, other cinemas in the rest of the state have chosen to remain closed. For them, the limit of 50 spectators per session would not be profitable in the long term. A decision shared by many cinema operators, especially in San Francisco where theaters have been authorized to reopen since October 2020.

Across the Channel, the British government plans to reopen cinemas from May 17, 2021. Drive-ins and open-air cinemas will be able to resume service on April 12.

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