NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Gives Greenlight To New York City Cinema Reopening March 5 At Reduced Capacity

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Last summer, major exhibitors AMC, Regal and Cinemark joined forces and filed a federal lawsuit against New Jersey to reopen during Covid-19, but lost that bidding. 2 exhibitor Regal has decided to stay closed until the major movie studios put out more product and aren't messing around with the theatrical window. When Covid case numbers were improving back in October, he allowed certain counties to reopen, however, only 62 out of the state's 280 cinemas have their lights on. At the end of August, New Jersey finally reopened movie theaters in time for Warner Bros.' Tenet at a 25% capacity. No. Exhibition's fight with Cuomo has been epic during Covid: Movie theaters behind the scenes have received the help from Tenet filmmaker Christopher Nolan and Tribeca Film Festival Boss Jane Rosenthal in talking sense to Cuomo.
Another source tells us that it will be three weeks before New York City theaters reopen. Again, let's see what happens out of this press phoner today.
Andrew Cuomo could finally give the go-ahead today that New York City movie theaters will be allowed to reopen after being shuttered for close to a year, since mid-March 2020. PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, 11:41 AM: We're hearing from well-placed sources that New York Gov. In the same breath, our sources say that you never know with Cuomo: He's full of surprises. We don't have the details in which shape or form yet. Hence, if nothing happens today, well, then that's possible and it's a continued fight between exhibition and the NY State Governor. It could be that the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens open first before Manhattan.
to reopen at capacity limits, as well as allowing New York City restaurants to increase indoor dining capacity to 35% starting this Friday, Feb. Exhibitors have been shocked that Cuomo hasn't given the OK yet for New York City theaters after permitting sporting arenas, amusement parks, in-door family recreation centers, etc. 26.
"Again, zero cases! Get ready, New York, we’re coming back!" Masher said.
The guidelines include air filtration and purification standards previously specified by the Department of Health.
New York City is a major market for moviegoing in the U.S.; re-opening there gives confidence to film distributors in setting and holding their theatrical release dates, and is an important step in the recovery of the entire industry. National NATO, in a separate statement, emphasized the "stringent, voluntary health and safety protocols that have made it possible for cinemas across the country to operate safely and responsibly at higher capacity limits for many months without a single outbreak of COVID-19 being traced to movie theaters. We look forward to expanding the capacity from 25% to 50% in the very near future so that theatres can operate profitably."
 
Cuomo didn't have the information, but another official did. Cuomo announced the reopening news early in the briefing without a date attached, so those on the call — including NATO New York President and CEO of family-owned Bowtie Cinemas Joe Masher and other industryites, who had waited so long already, had to wait until the end the call when a journalist asked.
Officials at Cuomo's press briefing today said no Covid-19 testing will be required, as is the case for large areas like Madison Square Garden and Barclay's Center that can reopen later in February. The cinemas in New York City will follow the same guidance put in place for movie theaters in the rest of New York state back in October.
As Covid rates fall, recently hitting their lowest levels since November — before the holiday surge — theater owners had been watching with dismay as other venues were allowed to reopen. Keeping the state's and one of the nation's two biggest movie markets dark for almost a full year has crippled global theatrical release schedules.
Andrew Cuomo on Monday said movie theaters in New York City will be brought into line with the rest of New York state as of March 5, when they will be allowed to reopen at 25% capacity with no more than 50 people per screen, masks, social distancing and other protocols. UPDATE AFTER EXCLUSVE: New York Gov.
We'll know real soon. Again, fingers crossed that theaters finally open in NYC.
Those are theaters that have had their capacities "drastically reduced" by virtue of the larger seating. He said the 25% capacity is problematic for many chains and NATO is asking the Governor’s office to increase it in luxury recliner-seated auditoriums in the city from 25% to 50%/. "With New York City reopening, the studios will hopefully have more confidence to keep their release dates as planned, which is a huge step in the process of recovery for the entire exhibition industry," Masher said.

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