Movie Theaters Return! Back To Normalcy?

I can’t go see Tenet, New Mutants, or any new movies coming out right now. It’s a shame because I have been looking forward to Tenet ever since it was announced. Nolan movies are always a great pleasure of mine to go see. I originally planned on going to IMAX to see it, but now I can’t even go to a small town one screen theatre to watch it. The problem is that I live in North Carolina, which you may know is still in Phase 2 where our Governor is mandating theatres be closed. I understand the situation of course with COVID and everything, but the painful part is that every state around me will be open. 

Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and South Carolina. All of them will be open, and I guess you could say that I could simply travel to one of those other states to go see it. Yeah I could, except I live close to the middle of North Carolina which makes me not particularly close to any open theatres across state lines. I believe the closest one after doing hours of research is about 2 ½ hours away. Ultimately I just can’t justify the time spent driving, and gas usage to go that far just for a movie. 

It puts me in a crappy situation. I would prefer to use a different word, but I’m going to keep it PG here. It’s such a first world problem though, and makes me also think about whether I even should if I could. Just because we can, does it mean that we actually should. I don’t like to get into politics because it’s messy and everyone is always right about everything. Rather I just want to put forth the question of whether we should go to theatres with them being open. 

I understand the need for them to open so that they don’t go bankrupt from being closed for so long, that makes sense. I also understand that Nolan doesn’t want to put Tenet on VOD or push it to next year. He wants to be the big blockbuster to help get everyone back in theatres, and I understand that, but are we really in a position to say that it’s safe to go back? I don’t have the answer and I don’t think anyone does. Maybe if North Carolina had theatres open, I wouldn’t even be asking this question, but then again I should be. 

Having a baby on the way puts a lot of things in perspective. Whether it be the fact that my fiance is a teacher or that we really don’t understand fully what the effect of COVID on pregnant women and newborns are right now, it has made me more aware of the situation we are in. Now again, I’m not on here to speculate about the virus because I am no scientist, but it really does make me wonder if I should even go if I was actually capable of doing so. 

It’s a question that I understand many of us are taking into account as things seem to be returning to normal. I am just as excited to get back to the theatre as I’m sure we all are, but we also need to be vigilant in making sure that we are still doing our best to protect ourselves and others. Theatres seem to be doing the right thing as far as making the capacity for each theatre limited to give everyone the choice of distancing themselves while watching a movie. I’m not sure if anything has been said about concessions yet, but that is another thing that we should be aware of. 

I guess what I’m trying to say is that for those of you that are venturing out to the theatres as they begin to open up, you need to be aware of your surroundings to keep yourselves safe as well as the people close to you. These are different times and while I am glad that theatres are opening back up, I am also low key upset that I’m not among you. At least for now. We are in uncharted waters, so we need to be prepared for the possibility of the theatres closing down again, but I also respect those of you that are going back to help support the theatres. 

There are movies like Mulan and many others that are going direct to home video through streaming services or VOD platforms, but that doesn’t make it right. Mulan as well as Tenet for myself both seem to be movies that are needed to be watched in a theatre. Because of everything going on, we are now in a situation where it seems not all movies will do so. I want to stress the importance of the actual theatre as being a reason why we get many of the movies we do.

While I myself am unable to go to a theatre right now, I do thank all of you who will be going. I thank you for supporting theatres as they begin to reopen. The important thing though is to remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings. Always be aware of the situation you’re putting yourself in and be safe. I eagerly await the time where I can finally get back to the theatre, but for now I have to wait. Yes, I am upset, but also I am happy for those of you that can go. Let’s all enjoy this slow return to normalcy in hopes of this pandemic lifestyle being behind us. 

Be on the lookout for reviews of The New Mutants and Tenet in the coming weeks as Connor will be able to go. If you have the opportunity to go see either of these movies, please comment on the reviews and let us know what you think. Let’s build back this excitement for going to the theatres. And again, let’s all be safe!
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