LAKEWOOD, Colorado (CBS4) – One of Colorado’s largest cinema chains reopened four main locations on Friday as moviegoers enjoyed the opportunity to leave their homes and approach normal pre-pandemic life. Regal Theaters will continue to reopen locations in Colorado and across the country.
“I haven’t been to the cinema for over a year and just wanted to go to the cinema. I got to IMAX which is the best because of the huge screen. And it was this fantastic film called Wrath of Man. It was really good, ”said Kay Thompson after leaving a matinee at Regal Colorado Mills.
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Nine more locations will reopen in the coming weeks.
Regal reopened theaters at Park Meadows Mall, The Peaks in Longmont, Denver Pavilions, and the Colorado Mills location. Security protocols are in place with mask and distancing requirements.
“We just like the experience of being in the theater with the big screen and the sound system,” said Bill McStraw before going to the theater. “It’s great fun to sit back and have the experience.”
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Other theater-related businesses endeavored to get moviegoers and leftover business back.
“The reopening of the cinema is a blessing,” said Tavin Lusk, the manager of Los Chingones next to the shelf in Colorado Mills. “The theater was a big part of our business before COVID. Drew in a lot of people. And honestly, we got injured without one, that’s why we’re so excited that we have it back, especially Friday and Saturday nights. “
The restaurant offers a free drink to those with a movie ticket some days of the week to help keep business moving for both locations.
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“That way we can help each other out with the pandemic because that’s really what it’s about,” Lusk said.