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The Sidewalk Cinema Center and cinema in Birmingham have reopened to show "Tennett". Signs near the entrances of the two theaters indicate the path for specific screenings.

Are you ready to go back to the movie? With the reopening of movie theaters across the United States, fans have been weighing the pros and cons for nearly a month.


The pandemic is not over yet, so national chain agencies and local cinemas have developed new rules and guidelines to help prevent the spread of the virus. This means capacity restrictions, increased cleaning procedures, hand sanitizer stations, mask requirements, concession booth replacement, etc.

With the release of Christopher Nolan

Movie enthusiasts have greater motivation to return to local cinemas or cinemas. After several delays, time-warped thrillers starring John David Washington are being shown in theaters across the country, including some in Alabama.

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Lifestyle reporters Lawrence Specker and Mary Colurso and sports producer Matt Scalici are both venturing back to the movie "Tenet" people. Matt and Mary participated in the "Tenet" screening

In Birmingham; Lawrence visited Regal Mobile. This week, with the assistance of Ben Flanagan, editor of Life and Culture, we met online to discuss this experience.

Before this latest investment, what was the last time you saw in a movie theater? When to watch?

A few weeks ago, I watched "Tenet" at the sidewalk cinema. Before that, the last movie I watched in the theater was Pixar's "Forward", which was basically the weekend before the pandemic made everything disappear. I watched it with my wife and children.

I will participate in "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" in December. But i did

Earned a minor experience in "The Personal Experience of David Copperfield" last week.

In January, I watched "Parasite" with friends in an indoor theater, which is a very good movie. The last movie I saw before was "Jasper Mall", but it was outdoors,


Is anyone cautious about watching movies now? I am wary of spending time in indoor theaters, while others breathe aerosols in my way. But I am also ready to see something on the big screen. It's just that my fingers are crossed.

Before I heard about the installation of "Tenet" on the sidewalk, I didn't plan to watch movies in the theater anytime soon, especially as a person with low immunity. After reading all of their restrictions and talking with some of their employees to solve some other problems, I felt very comfortable. My bar is high and the sidewalk cleared it.

I think the audience will be relaxed, and any risks will be consistent with other things I'm already doing. If the theater is not crowded, you will have fewer people than going to the grocery store. I also found that theaters and customers use masks and so on. I went to Mobile, a wealthy man near Mobile Hank Allen Stadium. The screening time is 2:30 pm on Sunday with four people present.

The near-empty parking lot indicates that attendance at Regal Mobile Studios (formerly Hollywood Stadium 18) in Mobile on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, is scarce.

If I can watch each movie like I watched the movie "Tenet," then there will be no problem with the movie returning to the theater. Of course, the question is whether this model is truly profitable for theaters or film studios.

The theater seems to have very few people, but yes, you must be suspicious of the economy.

Based on my past experience of having large theater chains in Birmingham with every theater, I would have serious doubts about their ability to provide the same control to customers. I think Sidewalk is limited in scale and has limitations, so it has succeeded in this regard.

The Sidewalk Cinema Center and cinema in Birmingham have reopened to show "Tennett". The staff at the entrance will scan the ticket and conduct a temperature check.

How does it feel to walk into the theater and settle down? What are the preventive measures or guidelines? I walked down the lower floor of the Pitzz Building at the screening at 4 pm on Thursday, because entering the public elevator made my eyes bright, and only three or four people were seen. Sidewalk personnel are located near the entrance and can scan the ticket and obtain the temperature through non-contact head scanning. There is also a skeleton on the sidewalk, sitting outside the entrance, wearing a headscarf, and maintaining the coronavirus guidelines. That shocked me a bit, and then made me laugh.

The Sidewalk Cinema Center and cinema in Birmingham have reopened to show "Tennett". Skeletons wearing headscarves greeted moviegoers near the entrance, warning them of the restrictions and guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.

When I handed over the tickets to enter the building, my body temperature was taken, and a greeter was greeted in the theater to make sure everyone was sitting in their assigned seats. I have never felt a lack of control over the environment, and this is what I want to feel as a customer of any enterprise now.

Have you visited the concession booth?

I think this ticket, a big popcorn and a big mountain dew ice brought my price back to around $29.50, but if you want to do something, you should do it right. Everyone is masked and distanced. I did notice a sign and apologize for the limited menu. For example, they are not making hot dogs. I think you need more traffic to justify the complete menu and more people to handle it. Now I look at the receipt. My label is $27.79.

The reopening of the theater means that it will return to a diversified experience, good or bad.

Regarding snacks, I did buy some candies and tried an action to put a single candy block under the mask into my mouth. Yes, I did not take off the mask during the meal. Please clap your hands.

I did not order anything at the concession booth, but it seemed as usual that people boarded the counter wearing masks, and the staff wearing masks provided them with popcorn, sweets and drinks. Everyone wears a mask correctly-no nose or mouth is exposed-people keep their distance in social situations and it is nice to see.

The Sidewalk Cinema Center and cinema in Birmingham have reopened to show "Tennett". In the most recently screened movie, people who watched the show practiced social distancing at the concession booth.

Are you weird to eat with other people around you like Lawrence, or try any cover-ups like Matt?

Soon after arriving at the seat, I sprinkled a lot of popcorn. I attribute this to the need to wear a mask. I did take off the mask because I was about 20 feet away from the others. However, I feel sad, because in such a light crowd, they know exactly what caused the chaos.

Any thoughts on the overall atmosphere of the movie? On the sidewalk, the entire cinema space is almost empty and quiet, which makes me feel very relaxed here. There is no crowd, no one approaches me or breathes me. There are hand sanitizer stations at the entrance of the cinema and near the entrances of the two theaters. I have used that even after taking all COVID precautions, I was still a little surprised during the first five to ten minutes of the movie, sitting with eight masked strangers. (Some people eat popcorn or drink drinks at the concession booth.) Those nasty sprays, you all! But after a while I settled down, and I had to do this because "Tenet" is one of the movies that needs your attention.

The Sidewalk Cinema Center and cinema in Birmingham have reopened to show "Tennett". Washing stations can be found near the main entrance of the cinema and near the entrance of the theater.

When I first entered the 2:30 performance room, the 2:15 performance had just started next door, and there was a lot of sound flowing. There is nothing to radiate, only those heavy deep moans that accompany all the heavy movements. When I left the theater later, I heard sounds from different rooms again. Just like you can jump around on the timeline of a movie, just walk around! Strange? Anyway, we sat quietly there, separated from each other, hearing the sound of the next door. Some atmosphere. Once we have our own voice, bleeding will not be too troublesome.

The biggest atmosphere I noticed is that there is no atmosphere, and now it is exactly what I want. In "Previous Times", I must have had a great experience in a crowded and noisy crowd (on opening night, "Avengers: Endgame" has always been my favorite cinema experience), but sadly, In 2020, others will become dangerous. What I want now is to get as close as possible to the private auditorium, but with theater-level sound and projection effects.

One thing I have to mention about Sidewalk Cinema is that we have allocated seats-there is no welcome seat-and the system used by Sidewalk is confusing. Rows are not marked in the movie theater, and the numbers on these small metal plates that are difficult to read on the front of the seats are small. I think that the organizers tried to make it obvious by placing "sit here" signs on both sides of each seat, but people didn't take it seriously. In the screening I attended-9 people were there in total-some moviegoers walked in and walked down casually. Allocated seat plan? Outside the window. My designated seat was gone, so I just grabbed a seat separated from the others, sprayed hand sanitizer on the armrests, and hoped for the best.

The Sidewalk Cinema Center and cinema in Birmingham have reopened to show "Tennett". Seats need to be allocated in the theater, and signs can help moviegoers find their place.

What else can the theater do to make it safer? The choice of discount and non-concession theater? Is there plexiglass between the seats? Is there a problem

I know why theaters need to make concessions-this is actually where almost all of their profits come from-but I do think this adds a certain degree of risk because it means more people are not wearing masks in theaters. For me, mandatory allocation of seats and observance of masks are definitely the most important thing that theater can make me feel immediately comfortable.

Usually, the most crowded places in the theater are the halls, corridors and toilets. Don't know how to control a large number of people. Maybe it's a one-way driveway, leading out customers to the side entrance instead of the lobby, etc. I mean, every company in the state is reducing capacity, but have you seen anyone restricting the use of toilets? I do not have

The easiest way to reduce congestion in cinemas is obviously to reduce the number of votes. However, it is difficult to require companies to voluntarily limit their ability to make money. They are in a difficult position, but now they are making zero profits, and the only way to get them above zero is to make customers feel safe enough to come back.

How many people in the cinema are too many for you? I'm not sure about this.

Obviously, it depends on the size of the theater, but in a usual-sized AMC theater in Birmingham, I don't think I want to be in a room with more than 20 people.

The movie you miss the most is the one you don’t see until you return to the theater?

It eliminates many distractions scattered in your home. It's you and the screen.

Like Lawrence, I should add one more point, which is the lack of a pause button. It’s tempting to use it to get up and get snacks, drinks, bathroom breaks, etc.

I must have missed the big screen experience. When the movie starts, you will get a little excitement, facial movements, and a sense of closure at the end. I watched a lot of movies on the iPad, so this is really great.

Also, I like to arrive at the trailer early. One difference: There are no ads around the trailer this time. There is no place to speak of, there are no Coca-Cola ads that attract young filmmakers. Only the trailer is happy.

During the pandemic, will you go to the movies?

Yes, if it can be comparable. I don't want to be among a large group of people for a while. But we can move forward gradually. On the other hand, I don’t think I want to watch "The Wonderful Woman 1984" in an empty room. Bonds also benefited from crowd reactions.

It definitely depends on the movie. If I really want to watch it, I will try local multiplexing, wear a mask, and hold a bottle of hand sanitizer. But just go to the movies? Nothing. I did feel safe and confident when visiting the sidewalk pop-up self-driving cars and during the two nights of the self-driving film festival. So bring it in!

If the theater can promise me the opportunity to watch a movie in a safe atmosphere, then I will go back. Whether I believe that the theater can create and maintain this safe atmosphere depends on the information I get from other people who have tried the theater. I am not in a hurry to be anyone’s guinea pig.

What is your impression of "Tenet"? (Please don't spoil me!) I find this equally interesting and confusing, the maze-like storyline is difficult to follow and the dialogue is difficult to capture. But I hope to get in and let it happen. Temporary forceps movement? okay then

Perhaps the most interesting thing about this movie is that once people put it in a home video, they think about how people will use the rewind button. It looks like rewind and fast forward at the same time! ...I am not at all troubled by the question of inaudible conversation. The word "Tenet" brought a lot of mysteries, and then gave some explanations.

I am very happy to see "Tenet" on the big screen because it needs scale and loud sound to really achieve the desired effect. Yes, I am very confused (I think this is important), but I think it involves some very interesting and relevant ideas.

The Sidewalk Cinema Center and cinema in Birmingham have reopened to show "Tennett". Each theater with 100 seats can only show 12 movies.

Will you go to see this movie again?

Yes, in fact, I look forward to analyzing it in home videos one day. I think all these time warped battles are well-designed storyboards, and once I can break them down frame by frame, it will be perfect.

"Tenet" is an event movie, right? So even if I get lost in the middle of the plot, I think it's worth returning to the theater.

Unfortunately, I may only use the term "event film" in retrospective films. The story of "Tenet's" has been written at this moment. This is a film by a great director who misled its distribution strategy and will eventually be ignore. Accepted by most movie audiences.

Do you think this movie should be kept longer before it can be released or is it released for streaming, Matt?

I think everything they do is wrong. I am very happy that I can choose to watch movies in theaters, but I think their refusal to provide movies on demand has caused great harm to the audience and shareholders. They even refused to allow it to be shown in a driving theater for some strange reason, because people were worried that the plot would be spoiled by those who happened to see the screen while driving on the highway. In my opinion, the whole strategy behind the release of the film seems to be due to the refusal to accept the reality of the world in which we live.

I don't feel timid. To some extent, their strategy does not work, they are suffering. Someone has to go sooner or later.

But we are all happy that we tried it, right? Would you encourage others who might be on the fence to watch the movie again? Like everything else now, this is a separate call. And a tough one.

Regarding the safety issue, I went. Not many people went there. It was good. If I find a group of people there, I might back down.

Yes, I must say that this is something that everyone should judge for themselves based on the specific situation. However, if they are showing a movie, please call your local theater and ask them questions, be specific. Even asking them may prompt them to change the policy. They want people to feel safe now, so they are willing to come back and buy tickets. I still hope that Disney and the theater chain will find some way to safely showcase "Black Widow" this fall. I really don't want to watch it on my dirty TV.

Are you all more or less inclined to watch movies in locally owned venues, or do you just watch which theater provides the safest experience locally or company?

The core experience is not much different. When the business returns to a normal level, the multi-function hall may be different, the lobby, lobby and toilets are crowded.

I didn't know I would create any general rules like this, but for me, Sidewalk is run by a group of people, which is very open to how they operate, and is very approachable when answering my questions. I think building relationships with the companies you patronize is more important than ever. Now I must have a sense of trust in order to feel adventurous.

Do we have anything else to say about the movie experience?

If you wish to secretly eat sweets instead of masks, please give me Venmo.

The biggest potential problem is always the same as in movies-ignore the audience's behavior. No matter what the theater does, it is difficult to predict.

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