Back to the Movies

Nearly a year later, will New Yorkers return to theaters?

By Mariel Rodriguez-McGill and Paroma Soni

On February 22, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced movie theaters in New York City could reopen on March 5 after going dark nearly a year earlier. New safety procedures such as upgraded air filters, enhanced cleaning operations, and mandatory masks are part of the reopening requirements. New York City is home to over fifty movie theaters and on Friday, more than half of the city’s theaters opened to the public at 25% occupancy. NY City Lens took to the streets and asked New Yorkers if they plan to watch new releases on the big screen.


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