Movie theaters open in Rohnert Park

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Our prayers have been answered! Reading Cinemas opened March 19th! It’s been over a year that they have been closed. I went opening night and took a picture of two very happy moviegoers. Mark and Chrissy. They saw “News of the World” starring Tom Hanks. I also took a picture of manager Heidi and supervisor Jada and associate Makari who are all thrilled to be back at work. I went Tuesday to see “Raya and the Last Dragon” with my favorite moviegoers Kristine and Katya. I took a picture of them with manager Kelsey. They are also showing “Chaos Walking,” “The Courier,” Oscar nominated “Minari,” “The War With Grandpa” starring Robert DeNiro; “Tom & Jerry,” “Wonder Woman 1984,” Oscar nominated “Nomadland,” “Monster Hunter,” “Godzilla vs. Kong,” “The Croods: A New Age” and “Nobody.” As you notice, they have a huge variety. Taylor, the general manager said, “our audience has always enjoyed watching a wide variety of films on the big screen and we look forward to seeing everyone again. For our reopening weekend, we are excited to continue to offer moviegoers $8.50 tickets for all movies, all ages.”

Reading Cinemas has implemented the following policies and procedures to help keep the community safe: Masks are required to be worn by all guests and staff. Guests are permitted to remove their masks when seated in their auditorium enjoying their popcorn and other refreshments. Guests will be encouraged to skip the box office and buy tickets in advance, either online or through the Reading Cinemas mobile app in order to decrease physical contact. Only credit, debit or gift cards will be accepted to limit monetary exchanges. Guests should arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before their show times in order to decrease building traffic and allow for increased sanitization. To keep a safe distance from others, guests will be required to sit in their assigned seats and ticket purchases for each party will automatically account for six feet of social distancing between parties, by blocking off the seats surrounding each group. To improve air quality, each cinema has upgraded all HVAC filters and increased maintenance frequency.

Mountain Mike’s in Rohnert Park will host an Oscar’s party April 25th. All you can eat pizza, salad and soda plus a raffle ticket for only $30 which benefits Rotary in Rohnert Park. You can win lunch with KZST’s Debbie Abrams or two passes at Reading Theaters or an Oscar winning film on DVD. Thanks to Kevin for hosting! Pick up a flyer at Mountain Mike’s or Reading Cinemas. See you at the movies!

Don Gibble, talent manager and film critic, is happy to be living in Sonoma County after being in Los Angeles for 20 years. Don discovered many actors including Max Theriot and Mena Suvari. Max, from Occidental, stars on “Bates Motel” and Mena starred in “American Pie” and “American Beauty”. Don goes to 20 film festivals a year and loves to answer any questions regarding film and television. Email Don at [email protected]

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