For the first time since the shuttering of theaters, Cinemark Theatre in Paducah will open its doors on Tuesday, August 25. With new protocols in place, the theater will have two new movies and a private watch party for eager moviegoers.
‘Unhinged’ starring Russell Crowe is a thriller about a man at the end of his rope. After a seemingly innocent encounter with a mom and son on the interstate, a switch is flipped and takes a turn for the worst. Crowe morphs into a psycho road-raged maniac on steroids. The trailer portrays Crowe as a man completely out of control terrorizing a mother and son and anyone that gets in his way.
If ‘Unhinged’ doesn’t fit the bill, the second movie ‘Words on the Bathroom Walls’ is about love-struck teenagers. The youths are new to school and find themselves in similar predicaments. Both are schizophrenic and are trying to find their way in life. While searching, they fall in love. Fortunately, moviegoers have a choice between two very different flicks.
After shutting down theatres due to the pandemic, the road to reopening has been long and slow. A summer without blockbuster movies on the ‘big screen’ is like ham without eggs. Streaming services have really stepped up during COVID-19. The movie industry is hoping to catch the tail end of summer and make a strong showing before movies are released for the holidays.
Currently, 70% of theaters across the country are open. This past weekend, three movies, including ‘Unhinged’ and “Words on the Bathroom Walls’ were released in cities and states across the country. The third movie is ‘Cut Throat City.’ Cinemark chose not to show the third movie and opted for a private party theme instead. Somewhere between 100 - 200 locations were slated to open over the weekend with procedures in place to increase cleaning, reduce seating, and ensure safety protocols.
The private watch party at Cinemark in Paducah is offering a private auditorium for you and 19 of your closest friends. Party-goers get to choose a movie from one of the fan favorites. The private auditoriums are for invited guests only and cost $99 per showing.
For the movies on tap this Tuesday, a show about unbridled rage may seem like an odd choice of genres. Movie executives said this type of movie struck a chord. It’s about giving the audience what they want and a movie about pent up rage gets top billing. In sharp contrast, the movie about young love will meet the needs of young adults. Movie experts hope the powerful content will speak to today’s youth suffering from mental illness.
Cinemark Theaters said as they begin to fully open the theatre, the number one priority is the health and safety of its customers. Auditoriums will be disinfected daily. Seats will be cleaned in between each showing. Sanitizer and wipes will be placed throughout the theater. Employees will wear mandatory protective gear, have temperature checks, and will participate in new, enhanced training.
For guests, auditorium seating will be reduced, there will be contactless ticketing, and staggering showtimes. Guests will be required to wear masks. For more information on the safety protocols at Cinemark Theaters, go to their website at cinemark.com.