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Marcus Theatres ready to re-open with enhanced safety precautions in place

Posted at 6:42 PM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 19:42:37-04

NEW BERLIN — Three local Marcus Theatres are set to open on Friday.

Marcus Ridge Cinema in New Berlin, Renaissance Cinema in Sturtevant, and BistroPlex℠ Southridge in Greendale will all welcome guests - with enhanced safety protocols in place.

Guests will be greeted outside by an employee encouraging customers to purchase tickets and concessions items on their mobile app.

"We want to be touchless and safe in our environment for both our associates and guest," said Rob Novak, Vice President of Concessions.

The outside employee will also monitor the number of people walking through the doors. The theatres will run at 50% capacity to ensure proper social distancing. Inside the theatres, seating will be spaced out between guests and in a checkered form. A green stripe of tape will cover the seats to indicate it's been sanitized and extra time will be provided in-between movie times to ensure deep cleaning of the theater.

"We have taken the extra steps to ensure people feel safe in the auditorium," said Rolando Rodriguez, chairman, president and CEO of Marcus Theatres.

Each employee will be wearing a mask and plexiglass will separate the workers at the tickets and concession counter from the customers. Additional staff will be on hand as part of a sanitation crew, their main focuses throughout their shifts, are wiping down hard surfaces and sanitizing.

"We want to make sure they feel comfortable and also feel that this is still an entertainment environment, "said Rodriguez.

Customers are encouraged but not required to wear a mask.

Movies that were popular when theatres closed will be featured for reopening including: “Sonic the Hedgehog;” “Bad Boys for Life;” “Jumanji: The Next Level;” “The Invisible Man;” and more. Tickets run at $5 dollars.

The theatres will be open four days a week – Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Tuesdays.

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