Movie theaters in the Black Hills reopen

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Movie theaters are a popular entertainment option for people across the globe, especially in the U.S.

In 2019 alone, over 1.2 billion tickets were sold domestically. And so far in 2020 about 500 million tickets have been sold.

Many theaters around the country have been shuttered for months, but for the Black Hills, that’s changing. As The Historic Elks Theatre and Golden Ticket Cinemas reopen, there will be new policies and guidelines put into place.

“We’re able to allow groups who come in together, to sit together, all seating is ushered seating and assigned by our ushers to ensure that we have flexibility to maintain distancing that’s been asked of us.” Said Curt Small, the owner of The Historic Elks Theatre.

All of the seats at the Elks Theatre will be covered with plastic and replaced after every movie and every other row left empty. Golden Ticket Cinemas is automatically leaving the seats on both sides of a group open to allow enough space between moviegoers.

At the Golden Ticket when you reserve your seat, a chair on either side of you will be reserved as well in order to keep you socially distanced from the other guests in the movie theater.

Looking to sip or munch on the movie theater classics? You will be given a new cup or bag when you come to the concession stands for refills.

Manager of Golden Ticket Cinemas, Kathy Cramer said, “We just want to make sure that all of our guests feel like it’s safe to come here, we know that everybody is wanting to get back into possibly the norm. What the norm can be right now, so we are trying to make that as smooth as possible.”

Big Hollywood movies set to release that were postponed due to the coronavirus, will be made available to the public as soon as Golden Ticket gets them.

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