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Regal to begin reopening movie theaters July 10: Here are the changes you need to know

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CLEVELAND — UPDATE: Regal has now delayed the reopening process by three weeks. You can read more HERE. See our original story (before the delay) from June 16 below...


Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine gave indoor movie theaters permission to reopen throughout the state starting June 10, but many have decided to wait a bit longer before hitting the restart button.

Regal, however, has officially revealed their reopening plans, which will begin Friday, July 10. The company said they have established new contactless payment options for tickets and concession items. ULV foggers will also be used to sanitize every auditorium after each movie.

“This form of deep sanitization is highly effective in disinfecting all materials with a non-toxic formula that is fast drying,” Regal officials said on their site.

Regal has listed the following changes that will impact guests at their theaters when they start welcoming guests again:


  • Greeters will be located in the lobby to assist guests with new procedural changes.
  • Guests will be encouraged to proceed to their auditorium as soon as possible, and exit the theater in a timely manner at the conclusion of their movie.
  • Wall mounted sanitizer dispensers will be available on either side of the main entrance.
  • Arcade games and vending machines will remain closed. Additionally, water fountains will not be available for use.


  • Every other register will be closed to maintain social distancing.
  • A reduced menu offering of core products that do not require kitchen preparation will be available.
  • Self-service condiment stands will be closed.
  • Refills on large drinks and popcorn will be suspended.
  • Locations featuring diners, restaurants and in-theater food delivery will have these services temporarily suspended.
  • Locations with bars will remain open for walk-up service only.


  • Where required by state or county mandate, auditorium capacities will be reduced to 50 percent.
  • Our reservation system will maintain two empty seats between groups (1 seat at recliner locations) to maintain proper social distancing throughout the movie.
  • At theaters where performances are non-reserved, you will be requested to leave two seats between groups.
  • Group sizes will only be limited where required by a state or county mandate.


  • Regal employees will undergo daily health screenings including temperature checks where mandated.
  • Employees will be required to wash hands at minimum every 30 to 60 minutes, dependent on job role.
  • Where required by local governance, all employees and guests will wear masks.


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