The world around us struggles with a smooth transition to normalcy as we adjust to Covid-19.
Businesses, schools, sports and everyone are forced to adapt, as guidelines and our own safety affect the entire world now.
While everyone has struggled with the major adjustments around us, businesses that keep patrons in close-proximities with one another make some of the biggest adjustments - including your local movie theaters.
While schools can commence virtually, and restaurants can continue through delivery or curbside pick-up, how is your neighborhood cinema expected to show movies?
This past weekend I attended Marcus Ronnie’s Cinema as safely and cautiously as I could have.
As I entered the parking-lot, I noticed that it was close to being empty as expected. Buying your ticket is done completely online, and they scan your phone when you enter. All employees wore masks and gloves, and hand sanitizer was available at almost every entry, exit, or door I could see.
Concession stands were opened with a limited menu, but ordering online or through their app was encouraged. When you order food, they bring it to your seat in the theater. In terms of drinks, their fountain soda and slushie machines are blocked off, so an employee fills up your drink for you, and if you want a refill, they have to throw away your cup and grab you a new one.
For a Friday night at a popular theater, it was dead. I was one of probably 15 people in the whole theater - including employees.
When you get to your theater, you’re suggested to use a foot tab to push open the door instead of opening the door with your hands. Seats are spaced out by two, or differently depending by row. Each seat has tape crossed over it, even the seats that are open for patrons.
I was one of the three people in my theater for the showing of “The Goonies”, which I could talk about how much I loved, but instead, I’d rather talk about how awkward it was being stuck in this large room with two other people.
Ads about social-distancing and their theater guidelines play before the movie, as well as trailers for movies that have been postponed several times now.
The experience was interesting and kind of enjoyable, but it had an unsettling and post-apocalyptic feel to it all.
If you want to support your local movie theaters, do it safely and cautiously.