‘Got our popcorn, our drink, good to go!’: Valley cinemas opening up

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Movie theaters closed in March 2020

NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – On Wednesday, Governor DeWine set June 2 as the day all COVID-19 restrictions would end. Then, on Thursday, the CDC decided mask wearing indoors was no longer necessary for people who’ve been vaccinated.

In Niles on Friday, it was back to the movies, indoors with big screens, popcorn and all the dark chocolate Raisinets you could eat.

That’s because one of the best ways to spend a Friday night is back open.

Regal Boulevard in Niles is now open for movie fans.

People were lined up Friday to get their movie ticket, popcorn and drinks.

Cortland resident Jared Jones even took the day off to watch all the movies he could.

“This is my go-to place. I have the Regal unlimited pass, and I’ll pretty much spend any off day from work here from the time the first movie starts until the last movie ends,” Jones said.

People have to social distance still. There are signs on the floors that say “do your part and stand six feet apart,” and “wear a mask,” and every other kiosk is blocked off.

As for the seats in the theater, some entire rows are blocked off to ensure people are spread out when they sit.

People are very happy movies are back, and don’t worry if you aren’t able to go to the theater in Niles. Cinema South in Boardman is opening up next Friday as well.

Both locations closed last March. They re-opened in August but had to close again as coronavirus cases increased.

Movie-goers will have to wear a mask except when eating or drinking.

Local drive-ins have already opened for the season.

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