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Local movie theaters are beginning to reopen. Here's what you need to know

Throughout the pandemic, movie lovers have been missing the experience of seeing the action on a big screen. Especially as temperatures are already reaching the 90s, it would be a balm to sit in a cold movie theater and sip on a Coke. Since Pennsylvania has entered the Green Phase of reopening, many independent and chain theaters are slowly opening their doors, albeit with a few adjustments and an irregular film lineup.

Check out the list below to see when theaters will be reopening, what precautions they're taking, and what movies they're showing in lieu of new releases. This list will be updated as more theaters announce opening dates.

Hollywood Theater
1449 Potomac Ave., Dormont
Now Open
Only a portion of the theater's seats are available, and mask-wearing is encouraged but not mandatory. Customers should keep two seats between other groups. The line-up includes some pre-COVID releases like Trolls: World Tour and Invisible Man, as well as some throwbacks like the Harry Potter movies and The Goonies.


Waterworks Cinemas
930 Freeport Road, Aspinwall
Open Fri., June 19 (Now Open)
The Waterworks theater, which is operated by the chain MovieScoop, will reopen with safety measures including face masks worn by all staff and auditoriums capped at 50% capacity. They have also installed plexiglass barriers at the concession stand and will place hand sanitizer throughout the lobby. The theater is currently showing recent hits like Wonder Woman and Ocean's Eight, and some classics like Beetlejuice.

Rangos Giant Cinema
One Allegheny Ave., North Side
Opening Mon., June 29 (Now Open)
The theater at the Carnegie Science Center will limit its showings to 75 people and will sanitize seats and armrests between each show. All films will be shown in 2D so as not to use 3D glasses. Concession stand staff will wear masks and gloves. So far, the lineup includes nature films like Humpback Whales and National Parks Adventure.

Cinemark: Robinson Township and North Hills
Opening Fri., July 3 (Now Open)
The theater chain will reopen with reduced capacity seating (amount not specified) and sanitize seats before each movie. Employees will wear face masks and they "strongly encourage" customers to wear face masks. Purchasing tickets online is encouraged as are cashless purchases. The theater will be showing "comeback classics" including The Matrix and Space Jam.

Tull Family Theater
418 Walnut St., Sewickley
Opening date Fri., July 24
The Tull Family Theater originally announced it would reopen on July 3, but delayed that decision due to a couple major films getting their release dates pushed back. Now, the Tull Theater is having a "soft opening" with a special $5 per ticket pricing for Cinema Paradiso and three Disney favorites: The Avengers, The Greatest Showman, and Zootopia. To comply with social distancing guidelines, occupancy limitations are now 25 in the Large Screening Room and 18 in the Huntington Bank Screening Room, and staggered seating is required. Movie goers must wear masks at all times in lobby, restrooms and common area. Patrons must also wear masks in the theaters, except when eating or drinking. More details at the Tull Theater website.


The Manor Theatre
1729 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill
Opening sometime in July
Changes to the Squirrel Hill theater include an online ticketing system that allows customers to choose seats, sanitizer throughout the theater, touchless bathroom fixtures, and plexiglass dividers at the box office, concession stand, and bar.

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