Cinemark to reopen two movie theaters in the Portland area Friday

Cinemark to reopen two movie theaters in the Portland area Friday


Two Cinemark movie theaters in the Portland area will reopen to the public Friday.

The theater chain announced Tuesday that Century 16 Eastport Plaza in Southeast Portland and Century 16 Cedar Hills in Beaverton will open Friday for limited capacity.

Movie theaters, bowling alleys, ice skating rinks and other indoor entertainment establishments in the Portland metro area have allowed to operate at limited capacity since Feb. 12. That’s when Gov. Kate Brown shifted Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties from the “extreme” to “high” risk category for coronavirus spread.

Multnomah County remains in the high-risk category, but Brown announced Tuesday that both Washington and Clackamas counties will shift to the moderate risk category beginning Friday as infections continue to decline.

Movie theaters in high-risk counties are allowed to open with 25% occupancy or with 50 people total, whichever is smaller. Movie theaters in moderate-risk counties can open with 50% occupancy or 100 people total, whichever is smaller. Theaters in both risk categories must close by 11 p.m. daily.

Century 16 Cedar Hills is in Washington County and can operate under rules for moderate-risk counties, while Century 16 Eastport Plaza is in Multnomah County and must operate under high-risk restrictions.

However, Oregon is not allowing any movie theaters in the state to sell concessions, even in counties in the lowest risk level for coronavirus spread, a decision that has led many movie theaters to stay closed, despite loosening restrictions.

Even so, Cinemark isn’t the first Portland area theater to reopen. Living Room Theaters in downtown Portland and several theaters owned by Portland brewpub and hotel chain McMenamins reopened earlier this month.

Customers can purchase tickets for standard showtimes at the Southeast Portland and Beaverton Cinemark theaters at www.cinemark.com or through the Cinemark app. Customers can also book private watch parties with a group of their choice for $99 for classic films and $149 for new movies.

The theaters will be showing a handful of new movies, including “Tom & Jerry: The Movie,” “Wonder Woman 1984,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Land,” “The Little Things,” “The Marksman” and “The Croods: A New Age.”

Customers who book private showings can also pick from previously released movies, including “Selma,” “Anchorman,” “Kung Fu Panda,” and “Crazy Rich Asians.”

The theaters will have enhanced cleaning procedures in place, along with staggered showtimes and seating. Masks are required at all times.

— Jamie Goldberg | [email protected] | @jamiebgoldberg



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