By: KENNEDY PLUMMER
“Hey, wanna go to the movies?”, is a line many people haven’t heard in months. It has been about 8 months since movie theaters have been open. Movie theaters are locations that benefit so much of society. Teenagers often get their first job at the movies, they are a perfect place for family entertainment, and they fund larger levels like actresses, actors, directors, and producers. Since COVID-19 first hit, many people were laid off, and struggled to provide for their needs, especially those associated with the movie theater industry. Even though COVID-19 restrictions are still in place, some movie theaters are now able to open.
A fairly local theater, the “Century 16 Downtown Pleasant Hill” is back open. At this movie theater, they are streaming less movies than normal. This makes sense because not as many people will be at the movies. The corona virus is still a deadly virus that has not been controlled. There is still no vaccine to kill the virus, and not every body is meant to kill the virus on its own, therefore attending the movies is really about how comfortable you are. The theater claims to have been taking more precautions to keep the theaters clean. The theater is still allowing people to be next to each other within your party, but they are distancing space between different groups, although there are many people at the theater currently. The theater also is still giving out food and selling things. Along with that, the auditorium’s capacities have been reduced, and face masks are required.
It will be interesting to see how movie theaters make a comeback during this time, especially considering the virus hasn’t gone away and people have become more precautious.
It is up to you to decide if you chose to go back to the theaters, but movies from the comfort of your own home are never going away.