This comes after many local independent theaters were pressuring the state to allow them to reopen to improve the economy and help these local businesses survive. Just a few weeks ago Regal Cinemas announced that it will close all 543 of its theaters in the United States as a result of continued revenue losses from the coronavirus pandemic. The chain had 44 New York locations, two in Westchester County. In addition the Bow Tie Cinema in Mount Kisco has also permanently closed. In late 2019, iPic Theater in Dobbs Ferry closed for good.
New rules for theater reopening include a maximum capacity of 50 people per screen in each movie theater at once. Theaters can only open outside of New York City in counties that have COVID-19 positivity rates of less than 2 percent on a 14-day average and do not have any cluster zones. Theaters will be subject to rigorous state guidance and enforcement.
Additional conditions from the state include:
- Masks will be required at all times except when seated and eating or drinking.
- Assigned seating will be required in all theaters.
- Social distancing between parties will be required at all times.
- Additional staffing will be required to control occupancy, traffic and seating to ensure compliance.
- Enhanced air filtration, ventilation and purification standards must be met by theaters.
Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers- temporarily closed, awaiting possible reopening
Bowtie Theater in Mount Kisco- permanently closed
Bronxville Bow Tie Cinemas
iPic Theater Dobbs Ferry- permanently closed
Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville
Regal Cortlandt Stadium 11- permanently closed
Regal New Roc City- permanently closed
Paramount Theater Peekskill
Picture House in the Village of Pelham
Showcase Cinemas De Lux Cross County Yonkers, Ridge Hill Yonkers & White Plains