One, obviously, is space. Making sure people are properly spaced out in a theater could limit seating, thus limiting the tickets sold. The other issue is the film industry as a whole. Are major studios ready to distribute their movies as planned? Or will they push them back for bigger sales when things are more comfortable?
This could mean theaters will rely on classic films or even independent releases, which also might not be happening as frequently during the pandemic.
- An atmosphere that many of us are sadly still missing.
Here's a look at some of the theaters across Central Oregon and where they stand right now in Phase Two:
Regal CinemasAccording to a report from KTVZ, the vice president of communications at Regal said in a statement that Regal Cinemas will remain closed across the country until further notice. The reasoning behind the continued closure is due to social distancing guidelines and the question of whether studios will even be releasing films.
Odem Theater PubIn Redmond, the Odem Theater Pub is open seven days a week and is offering $6 tickets throughout the month of June. They're even showing some old favorites like "Jurassic Park" and "Back to the Future" to make up for the lack of new releases.
Sisters Movie HouseIn a statement from co-owners Drew Kaza and Yee Cheng on Facebook, the Sisters Movie House announced it would be eyeing a return in early July to go with the release of the newest Christopher Nolan film, "Tenet," and the formerly postponed live-action remake of "Mulan" from Disney. There's still a chance these movies may get pushed back.
"The other piece of the puzzle for us is new movies. Unlike some of our competitors, we have no intention of selling 'day old bread at cake prices' and the lack of new releases is currently the biggest barrier for our plans to re-open. While a handful of classic or under-released titles might figure into our schedule at the outset, Sisters Movie House was, is and always will be the premiere venue in central Oregon to see the best of the new movies on release, be it a critically acclaimed indie title or the latest major studio blockbuster."
McMenamins Old St. Francis SchoolMcMenamins announced Tuesday that its theater will be back starting June 12. First up in the theater's rotation is the recently released "Sonic the Hedgehog" and the always classic "Grease."
Redmond CinemaIn a Facebook statement from management on May 27, the Redmond Cinema announced it will keep its doors closed until further notice.
"While we have every intent of reopening, and like other small businesses are eager to, we also need to do it in a safe and mindful way. At this time, our plan is for early summer but that is very dependent on how things evolve and what is allowable."