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New York cinemas reopen, brightening outlook for theaters

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Cinemas in the city are currently operating at only 25% capacity, with a maximum of 50 per each auditorium.

Posted: Mar 5, 2021 4:45 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — After growing cobwebs for nearly a year, movie theaters in New York City reopen Friday, returning film titles to Manhattan marquees that had for the last 12 months read messages like “Wear a mask” and “We’ll be back soon.”

Cinemas in the city are currently operating at only 25% capacity, with a maximum of 50 per each auditorium.

As in other places, mask wearing is mandatory, seats are blocked out and air filters have been upgraded.

For a theatrical business that has been punished by the pandemic, the resumption of moviegoing in New York — is a crucial first step in revival.

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