By Grace Rodriguez
AMC movie theaters in Los Angeles opened Friday and they seem to be taking a slow start.
After the pandemic hit in March, movie theaters across California were burdened by an unexpected bump.
They were demanded to close their doors to patrons for a time not specified.
There seemed to be no end in sight, especially for Los Angeles theaters.
In the beginning of 2021, rumors of AMC Theatres going bankrupt spread. According to CBS News, AMC Entertainment dodged that bullet due to a “$917M cash infusion from investors.” This allowed for the reopening on Friday.
AMC Atlantic Times Square 14 used to be a hub for ELAC students and residents of East Los Angeles.
The once booming theater, surrounded by people at busy eateries and shops, is now suffering slow times.
At its reopening, it appears to be close to vacant. But with two employees standing at the box office, two at concessions and one host, management appears hopeful that they will make a comeback very soon.
Doors opened early, and the first showing was “Raya and the Last Dragon” at 3pm.
“The Marksman” was the first and only movie to sell out this Friday.
AMC Entertainment is taking their re-opening with caution.
Limited seating is available and the theater is set to run at only 20% capacity for the time being. The AMC website says, “Masks are required unless you are actively enjoying food and drinks.”
Ticket prices seem to have stayed intact for the most part.
An adult ticket purchased online goes for about $16.
AMC also provides a new feature called “Private Movie Rentals” where you can rent out an entire theater room to watch a movie with up to 20 people.
Private rental prices range from $100 to $250 depending on the movie you choose.
The movies offered as of Friday include a mix of classic movies and new releases.
Following are some of the movies included in that list: “Forrest Gump” (1994), “HOP,” “Indiana Jones” and the “Last Crusade” (1989), “Scream “(1996), “Tenet,” “The Croods: A New Age,” “The Little Things,” “Tom & Jerry” and “Wonder Woman 1984.”
Many titles are being awaited by movie fanatics with much anticipation.
The new “Spiderman” movie was postponed and is now set to be released at a much later date in December. However, “Godzilla Vs. Kong” has been posted on the AMC website with showtimes starting March 31.
According to HBO Max, “Mortal Kombat” is also set to be released in theaters on April 16 followed by “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” on June 4.
But as of today showtimes for both of these movies have not been posted by AMC.
AMC Stubs (free) memberships are still offered and rewards and points of previous Stubs members’ are still honored at any location.
Movie theater employees from other chains hope the reopening of AMC will set the path for their theaters to initiate their own reopening.
ELAC student Yitzak Madrigal is employed by Regal Cinemas. He has been with them since the premier of “The Black Panther” three years ago.
Madrigal said he believes employee hours will be cut if Regal reopens because theaters will be expected to run at only half capacity.
He said Regal Cinemas employees were sent a survey to find out who will be returning to work due to the fact that it has been over a year since Regal Cinemas closed its doors.
Although he is doubtful they will return, he is also hopeful and he plans to be there if they do.