A guide to reopening plans for Dayton-area movie theaters

Theare exterior at Fairfield Commons, Beavercreek. Regal Entertainment Group's upcoming 14-screen movie theater at the Village at Austin Landing will give the area more competition in a movie theater industry that last year made $10.2 billion ticket sales and improved 19.6 percent in the first quarter of 2012 compared with 2011. Industry leaders say technology updates and theater placement are important in competition, which can hurt smaller theaters. Take, for example, the site of the former Showcase Cinemas Cross Pointe, which closed around the time The Greene opened and has been since razed.
Theare exterior at Fairfield Commons, Beavercreek. Regal Entertainment Group's upcoming 14-screen movie theater at the Village at Austin Landing will give the area more competition in a movie theater industry that last year made $10.2 billion ticket sales and improved 19.6 percent in the first quarter of 2012 compared with 2011. Industry leaders say technology updates and theater placement are important in competition, which can hurt smaller theaters. Take, for example, the site of the former Showcase Cinemas Cross Pointe, which closed around the time The Greene opened and has been since razed.

After months without business, movie theaters in the Dayton-area and across the country have been making plans to reopen.

Several local independent theaters have been back in business for weeks. The Neon, Englewood Cinema and the Plaza Theatre in Miamisburg have been open to the public for several weeks.

Cinemark theaters delayed their July reopening plans. New opening dates for Dayton-area theaters have yet to be announced. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS FROM CINEMARK THEATERS
Cinemark theaters delayed their July reopening plans. New opening dates for Dayton-area theaters have yet to be announced. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS FROM CINEMARK THEATERS

ExploreMovie theater at The Greene announces plans to reopen next weekend

Among the changes theater-goers can expect to see at all theaters are staggered seating, new cleaning regimens, reduced capacity and more.

Here is a look at the status of theater reopenings by theater:

Plans by theater

Here’s a rundown of when theaters in the area plan to open and what to expect:

🎞️LOCAL INDEPENDENT THEATERS

The Neon — OPEN

130 E. 5th St., Dayton | http://www.neonmovies.com/

(937) 222-7469

The Neon movie theater, 130 E. Fifth St. in downtown Dayton. (Photo source: Facebook)
The Neon movie theater, 130 E. Fifth St. in downtown Dayton. (Photo source: Facebook)

Credit: HANDOUT

Credit: HANDOUT

The Neon held its soft opening on Friday, June 26.

To ensure the safety of their guests, The Neon is requiring all employees and guests to wear masks except when eating in the auditorium. To streamline transactions, the entrance to the building has been moved to the patio doors to separate ticketing and food purchases. High-traffic surfaces will be sanitized every 30 minutes and floor markers have been added to assist with social distancing guidelines. Additionally, to help with social distancing, every other row in the auditoriums will be unavailable for seating. Though groups may sit together, three seats are required to be between each movie-going party.

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Englewood Cinema — OPEN

320 National Road, Unit 21, Englewood | https://englewoodcinema.com/

(937) 540-9533

The Englewood Cinema will reopen next weekend for the first time since 2015. CONTRIBUTED
The Englewood Cinema will reopen next weekend for the first time since 2015. CONTRIBUTED

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Credit: CONTRIBUTED

Englewood Cinema is now reopen for movies and carryout concessions on weekends. Get two large popcorns and two candies or drinks for $10, either by carryout or for those attending in-person showings.

Private rentals are available. Guests can pick their own movie or the theater can provide one for you at your choice.

Plaza Theatre — OPEN

33 S. Main St., Miamisburg | http://www.myplazatheatre.com/

(937) 247-5980

The Historic Plaza Theatre in downtown Miamisburg. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF
The Historic Plaza Theatre in downtown Miamisburg. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

The Plaza Theatre is now open, with showings of old movies from Thursday through Sunday. Tickets are $5.

Changes that have been made include:

• The lobby doors will open 45 minutes prior to each showing to allow plenty of time to come in, get concessions and find a seat. The theater asks patrons to plan to arrive early to avoid a backup in the lobby at concessions.

• Staff and volunteers will wear masks and wipe down surfaces on a regular basis. Due to the size of our lobby, they would certainly very much appreciate masks worn by audience members too. Once in the house, you can remove masks to enjoy popcorn and drinks.

• The house size will be limited to 100, which will allow for a safe distance between all parties, while still allowing people to sit close to those in the group. Customers should leave at least three seats between parties to allow a safe 6-foot distance. With the house capacity now limited, there will be plenty of room to keep the distance. It will still be open seating for regular movie showings.

How to help

The theater is still seeking donations that will continue to make up the difference in operation costs. Donations can be made by writing a check made out to The Plaza Theatre and mailing it to 33 S. Main St., Miamisburg, OH 45342. Click here to donate online here.

Little Art Theatre — OPEN

247 Xenia Ave, Yellow Springs, OH 45387 | https://www.littleart.com/

(937) 767-7671

Little Art Theatre reopened to the public on Friday, July 24.

The Little Art Theatre in Yellow Springs. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
The Little Art Theatre in Yellow Springs. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Going forward, the theater will be showing movies from Friday through Monday with 60 percent reduced seating capacity. Masks are required unless guests are eating or drinking in the auditorium. All staff and volunteers will be wearing masks. High-touch surfaces and bathrooms will be cleaned frequently and auditorium seats will be sanitized between shows. Groups of two to four people may sit together and single patrons will have their own row.

🎞️NATIONAL CHAIN THEATERS

Cinemark (Huber Heights, Dayton South, The Greene, Piqua)

Opening date: Phased reopening underway nationally. The theater at The Greene will reopen on Aug. 14. Opening dates have not been announced for remaining local theaters.

Find a complete schedule for all Cinemark theater reopenings, organized by date and state, here.

What will be different: Upon reopening, top library hits will be shown at “welcome back” pricing ($5 for adults and $3 for children). Showtimes will be more staggered.

What they’re doing:

- Reduced seating capacity and advance ticket sales

- Frequently and thoroughly disinfecting “high-touch” areas

- Installation of plexiglass screens at the box office and concession stands

- Disinfecting seats each morning

- Requiring all employees to wear masks and encouraging customers

>> Closer look at Cinemark reopening plans

AMC Theaters (Hamilton, West Chester)

Opening dates: Yet to be determined.

What they’re doing:

- Reduced capacity

- Increased cleaning measures

- Social distancing markers and directions throughout theaters

- A simplified menu for quicker service

Regal Cinemas (Beavercreek)

Opening date: Aug. 21

What they’re doing:

- Seating capacity reduced to 50%

- Two empty seats between groups of patrons (and one in the instance of recliner seats)

- Contactless payment and advance ticket purchase through the Regal app

- Reduced concessions. Refills suspended.

- ULV Foggers. Employees will sanitize every auditorium and seat after each movie using new electrostatic “fogger” equipment.

- Floor markers to help with social distancing

- Employees will undergo daily health screenings including temperature checks

More info: Website

Cinépolis (Austin Landing)

Opening date: Aug. 21

What will be different: The theater will be playing a combination of new films and treasured classics.

Safety measures:

- High-contact surfaces, including auditorium seating, will be cleaned and sanitized at least every 30 minutes. Sanitizing wipes will also be available upon request for patrons.

- Staff members will be required to wear masks and to wash their hands frequently throughout their shifts. Guests will also be required to wear a mask unless consuming food or drink.

- A new online booking feature has been instituted to allow for adequate spacing between parties sitting in the auditorium and signs and markers will be installed in the theater to encourage social distancing.

- Food and beverage menus are now accessible via a mobile device or disposable paper menus.

- Guests will now be purchasing their tickets online via the Cinépolis website or app. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of time due to limited capacity.

More info: Website

Showcase Cinema de Lux (Springdale near Tri County Mall just off I-275 at the I-75 intersection)

Opening date: Now open

What will be different:

- All tickets will be $5 during the initial reopening phase featuring older films.

- Reduced seating capacities

- Increased cleaning protocols

- Employee health screenings before each shift

- New air purifying system

- Employees and customers required to wear masks

- Concessions will be in covered containers

- Contactless payment options