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Movie Theaters In New York City Are Reopening After Nearly A Year Of Closures

The popcorn is poppin' once again. 🎬🍿

New York City continues to ease COVID-19 restrictions by officially allowing movie theaters to reopen starting Friday, March 5. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement in late February, according to Deadline, saying theaters can reopen at 25% capacity, along with other precautions.

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AMC will reopen their 13 NYC theaters but will be doing so with upgraded safety protocols, including mandatory masks, social distancing, and improved sanitation and cleanliness efforts.

"We will do so with the highest devotion to the health and safety of our guests and associates through our AMC Safe & Clean policies and protocols, which were developed in consultation with Clorox and with current and former faculty at the prestigious Harvard University School of Public Health," read a statement from AMC. 

New Yorkers looking to catch a new flick on the big screen will now have the opportunity to watch recently released movies such as Wonder Woman 1984, Tenet, and Raya and the Last Dragon.

Some are hopeful that the reopenings could help the movie industry bounce back after struggling throughout the pandemic since New York and Los Angeles together make up 12-14% of the domestic box office, according to NPR.

Movie theaters in counties outside of the Big Apple have been able to reopen ever since October 2020, as long as they show a COVID-19 positivity rate lower than 2 percent on a 14-day average.