When I ask someone what they are looking forward to doing most when the COVID-19 pandemic is finally over,  the top three answers I always get are; seeing friends and family, going to a concert, and going to the movies.

Large gatherings and concerts may still be a long ways off, but at least going to see a movie in an actual theater will be a reality soon.

Many movie lovers have been worried about the future of AMC Theatres in the Stateline area for months. The company has been hurting financially for a while now, and COVID-19 has not been helping their fate. I am happy to tell you that it looks like Showplace 16 and Showplace 14 will be giving it a go once again, just not as soon as most of us would like.

AMC Theatres originally planned to begin the phased reopening of their theatres nationwide on July 15th, but announced on Monday that date has been pushed back a bit;

we are pushing back theatre openings to begin July 30, as part of a phased plan back to full operation by early August. The new reopening date aligns with updated release timing for major theatrical blockbusters Warner Bros’ TENET (August 12) and Disney’s MULAN (August 21). We are also excited to offer movie-goers a broad selection of other new releases in July and August, including UNHINGED, THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY, SAINT MAUD, NEW MUTANTS, FATIMA, BILL AND TED FACE THE MUSIC, and others.

So what does this mean for Showplace 14 and Showplace 16? Can we expect them to open on July 30? At this point, we don't know. I have not been able to find any official opening dates on AMC's website for either of those locations.

I do know that when those theatres reopen they will be have reduced theatre capacities, simplified concession menus, enhanced cleaning practices and social distancing standards in place. Will it be worth it? Only time will tell, I guess.

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