MANCHESTER — The movie theaters near the Buckland Hills mall will reopen this Friday with a slate of new protocols and safety measures forced by COVID-19, its owners announced.
Cinemark Buckland Hills 18 and IMAX, located at 99 Redstone Road, is set to open Friday for the first time in months since it closed due to the novel coronavirus.
Cinemark Holdings Inc., announced this week that several of its national movie theaters can now resume business, though the company promises “greatly enhanced cleanliness, sanitizing, and safety measures at every step of the moviegoing experience,” according to a press release.
Among other changes, there will now be staggered showtimes at the theaters to maximize physical distancing. When customers purchase their tickets, seats adjacent to their party will be automatically blocked so people aren’t sitting next to strangers. Face masks are mandatory for everyone within the theater and may be removed only for eating and drinking.
The company said it is increasing the fresh air rate in its building HVAC systems by adding purge cycles throughout the day and using supply fans to increase air flow in theaters.
All public and high-touch spaces like concession stands, door handles, drink stations, self-ticketing kiosks, benches, and restrooms will be sanitized every 30 minutes, and each auditorium will be disinfected every morning, the company said.
Handrails and seats will be sanitized between show times and there will also be seat wipes and ample hand sanitizer available for customer use.
Moviegoers are encouraged to buy tickets online, and cash will not be accepted at concession stands to minimize contact.
The theatres will be showing “Comeback Classic” films at reduced “Welcome Back” prices, with $5 tickets for adults and $3 for children and seniors, Cinemark said.
The chain continues to evaluate the availability of new content, it said, as many production companies have delayed the release of new films. See the schedule at https://www.cinemark.com/theatres/ct-manchester/cinemark-buckland-hills-18-imax