New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday mentioned film theaters within the metropolis might be introduced into line with the remainder of New York State as of March 5, allowed to reopen at 25% capability with not more than 50 individuals per display screen, masks, social distancing and different protocols.
The decision with the Governor is dwell now, will publish particulars as they arrive…
EXCLUSIVE: We’re listening to from effectively positioned sources that Governor Andrew Cuomo might lastly give the go-ahead at this time that New York Metropolis film theaters might be allowed to reopen after being shuttered for near a yr since mid March 2020. We don’t have the main points wherein form or kind but. It might be that the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens open first earlier than Manhattan. In the identical breath, our sources say that you simply by no means know with Cuomo: He’s stuffed with surprises. Therefore, if nothing occurs at this time, effectively, then that’s attainable and it’s a continued battle between exhibition and the NY State Governor.
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One other supply tells us that it is going to be three weeks earlier than New York Metropolis theaters reopen. Once more, let’s see what occurs out of this press phoner at this time.
Exhibitors have been shocked that Cuomo hasn’t given the OK but for New York Metropolis theaters after allowing sporting arenas, amusement parks, in-door household recreation facilities, and many others. to reopen at capability limits, in addition to permitting New York Metropolis eating places to extend indoor eating capability to 35% beginning this Friday, Feb. 26.
Exhibition’s battle with Cuomo has been epic throughout Covid: Film theaters behind the scenes have obtained the assistance from Tenet filmmaker Christopher Nolan and Tribeca Movie Competition Boss Jane Rosenthal in speaking sense to Cuomo. When Covid case numbers had been enhancing again in October, he allowed sure counties to reopen, nonetheless, solely 62 out of the state’s 280 cinemas have their lights on. No. 2 exhibitor Regal has determined to remain closed till the key film studios put out extra product and aren’t messing round with the theatrical window. Final summer time, main exhibitors AMC, Regal and Cinemark joined forces and filed a federal lawsuit in opposition to New Jersey to reopen throughout Covid-19, however misplaced that bidding. On the finish of August, New Jersey lastly reopened film theaters in time for Warner Bros.’ Tenet at a 25% capability.
Once more, fingers crossed that theaters lastly open in NYC. We’ll know actual quickly.