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Tallahassee AMC Theatres' retro-reopening sells out amid pandemic

Posted at 6:13 PM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 18:13:37-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Movie theaters across the country have been shut down since the coronavirus pandemic began.

AMC Theaters nationwide began reopening on Thursday, just in time to celebrate their 100th anniversary with retro ticket prices.

If you wanted to see a movie in Tallahassee, you're out of luck. All eight theatres sold out.

Tickets cost only 15 cents on Thursday with a wide range of retro movies shown. Black Panther, Grease, The Goonies, and Back to the Future are just a few of the movies being shown. After Thursday, tickets to those movies will cost $5.

Seating in AMC theatres is at 40 percent capacity with social distancing in and around the theatres. Patrons must wear masks before, during, and after the movie unless eating or drinking.

Those who were able to purchase tickets to Thursday's shows say they don't mind the precautions.

"It's exciting to get out of the house and do new things," said one movie-goer. "We haven't been here in forever so it's exciting to just be here again. I was excited to come in and watch paint dry and kiss the floor. Just being in the dark and being surrounded by the sound of the big screen, you cannot get that at home, you really can't."

Due to social distancing, only about 20 people are allowed inside per theater.

As far as snack prices go, regular-sized popcorn, regular Coca-Cola Freestyle, and KidsPacks will sell for $5 through the end of October.