MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Malco Theatres said several local movie theaters will open back up this weekend.
On Saturday, you can catch movies at the Paradiso Cinema Grill & Imax, Collierville Cinema Grill & MXT, Stage Cinema Grill and Wolfchase Cinema Grill.
Powerhouse Cinema Grill & MXT will open its doors the following week on January 29.
The theater chain closed down several locations when Shelby County issued a COVID related health directive back in December. The Shelby County Health Department Directive 17 allows movie theaters like many other businesses to reopen, but there are guidelines on what they must do.
Guidelines include having signs in high traffic areas, making sure there are places for people to wash their hands and making it clear that masks are a must.
Malco’s Marketing Director Karen Melton says they based the reopening on theaters that have reserved or reclined seating, which allows for more social distancing, and also theaters that offer private auditorium rental.
Malco says its “CinemaSafe” protocols are in line and even exceed Shelby County guidelines, and theaters where everyone is facing forward, not talking and in well-ventilated spaces with high ceilings are already make movie going safe.
You can check your local theaters for show times, but theaters still have to abide by the health department curfew and close by 10:30 p.m., meaning they probably can’t start a movie after 8 p.m.
Malco says staffing and availability of movies were also factors in not opening all of its theaters.
More locations are expected to reopen over the coming weeks.