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Cinemark in Lackawanna County plans reopening

Cinemark 20 and XD in Moosic is scheduled to reopen on Friday.

MOOSIC, Pa. — Remember when your weekend plans included going to see a movie?
Theaters across the country were shuttered to the pandemic.

But now, Cinemark says it's opening select theaters across the country, including the one in Lackawanna County.

So, the question is will you go?
Most said no.

"I would not go, no,” said Terri Fuller from Plains Township.

"I'm just not willing to take the risk, it's like Russian Roulette, I'd rather wait it out for a vaccine,” said Kathy Morehouse from Plains Township.

 In a video sent to us from Cinemark, it shows the company's “Cinemark Standard” to keeping theaters safe.

Cinemark says there will be extensive cleaning and sanitizing of theaters, including sanitizing high traffic areas and restrooms every 30 minutes.

Face masks should be worn in lobbies, restrooms, and hallways.

Social distancing will be practiced in lobbies, at concessions stands, and inside theaters.

With the video, Cinemark included a message from its CEO.

"We're reducing the capacity in our auditoriums. And we'll block seats adjacent to your party when you purchase tickets,” said Mark Zoradi.

Even with those measures, people weren't swayed.

"I still would feel uncomfortable. I just think it's better to be far away from people at this time,” said Gina Gebhardt from Pittston.

But others felt it could be safe

"If it's clean, they thoroughly clean, yeah, I won't mind seeing a movie,” said Cynthia Douherty from Blakeslee.

For those who decide to come, Cinemark will be offering iconic and most requested movies at discounted prices each weekend.

Some concessions will also be discounted.

Those movies are part of Cinemark's Comeback Classics.

But even that incentive isn't enough to lure some people in.

"I could just as easily watch a movie at home. I can wait for it to come out on DVD or something like that, or streaming,” said Mike Filer from Scranton.

Cinemark says it will be updating employee training and staff will get daily wellness checks and have their temperature taken.


Cinemark 20 and XD in Moosic is scheduled to reopen on Friday.

The theater will be offering "Comeback Classic" films and traditional concessions at greatly reduced "Welcome Back" prices, with $5 tickets for adults and $3 for children and seniors.

All information about the phased reopening, including enhanced protocols, location-specific opening dates and hours, film schedule, tickets on sale, and more, can be found here.