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"Thinking of going to a movie theater soon? Here's what you need to know"

Entertainment Weekly interviewed Anne Rimoin, professor of epidemiology and director of the FSPH UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Healthon how safe it is for people to go to the movies as theaters begin to reopen.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020
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Over the next few weeks, multiplex chains will start opening the doors of movie theaters in an attempt to get back to something approaching business as usual following the months-long hiatus caused by the still ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. What films will be available to watch? How will the experience be different from going to the movies pre-outbreak? And, most importantly, how safe (or risky) will it be to attend indoor movie screenings?

Not all theaters will be opening at once. Mark Zoradi is CEO of Cinemark, which owns around 350 theaters in the U.S. He explains that the chain will start screening films in stages. "Beginning on July 3, we will open up one-third of our theaters," he says. "The next week, the next third; the following week, the next third. So, by the time we get to July 17, we’re fully opened and operational." Initially, many of Cinemark's screens will show old movies, including a 10th-anniversary rerelease of Christopher Nolan's Inception, before switching to new films as they come out. The Selena Gomez-produced romantic-comedy The Broken Hearts Gallery is arriving in theaters July 17; Disney's live-action remake of Mulan and the Alison Brie-starring horror movie The Rental will be released on July 24; and Nolan's science fiction-spy film Tenet is out July 31. If everything goes to plan, August will see the debut of the Armando Iannucci-directed The Personal History of David Copperfield (Aug. 14), comedy threequel Bill & Ted Face the Music (Aug. 21), the racially-charged horror movie Antebellum (Aug. 21), and the much-delayed superhero tale The New Mutants (Aug. 28). Ahead of all those films comes the road rage thriller Unhinged, which will hit theaters July 10 and stars Russell Crowe as a maniac who starts targeting those close to a character played by Caren Pistorius after she honks her horn at him in traffic.