Subsequent month, with a bit of luck, the Regal Theater in Mays Touchdown will lastly reopen for film showings. The largest cinema in Atlantic County has been closed to prospects for almost all the previous yr.
The theater but might not survive the COVID pandemic, with its authorities shutdowns and restrictions, and patrons chilled by exaggerated fears within the absence of stable medical science.
Regal mum or dad Cineworld mentioned final month there’s nonetheless doubt the corporate stays viable after posting a $3 billion loss final yr.
Many film theaters have closed for good. U.S. field workplace receipts plummeted 80% final yr. For the primary time ever, the world’s high grossing movement image wasn’t American. (That was the Chinese language film, “The Eight Hundred.”)
But the scientific foundation for this huge financial and employment destruction appears missing.
We regarded fairly a bit and couldn’t discover any research displaying that theaters — with their excessive ceilings, giant volumes and usually good air circulation — posed a considerably better danger of COVID transmission than quite a few different indoor settings allowed to remain open. The closings and restrictions have been motivated by the aerosol transmission of the virus, however 6-foot social distancing may have been executed in theaters. Now the CDC says 3-foot distancing is OK.