Maryland Movie Theaters Cleared to Reopen in Time for 'Tenet'

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Cinemas in New Jersey and San Diego are also getting ready to flip on the lights.

Movie theaters in Maryland have been cleared to reopen on Sept. 4 as Warner Bros. prepares to unfurl Christopher Nolan's Tenet over Labor Day weekend. The $200 million espionage epic is the first Hollywood tentpole to hit the big screen since the novel coronavirus pandemic struck.

Earlier this week, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy likewise gave the go-ahead for theaters to flip on the lights just days after California Gov. Gavin Newsom said that movie theaters in counties meeting certain criteria could reopen, pending approval from local health authorities.

In a win for the struggling exhibition business, that means that the only states fully closed are New York, North Carolina and New Mexico.

Still, Tenet will have to open without Los Angeles and New York City, the country's two largest moviegoing markets. As of Tuesday, San Diego was the only major California city where cinemas are planning on being in operation this weekend.

Capacity is curtailed in most reopened theaters anywhere from 25 percent to 50 percent. In Maryland, it is 50 percent or 100 consumers, whichever is less. California is limiting capacity to 25 percent or no more than 100 people per auditorium. New Jersey is mandating 25 percent or 150 people per screen.

Movie theaters in Maryland can reopen on Friday, Sept. 4, at 5 p.m. The capacity limit will be 50 percent of occupancy, not to exceed 100 per auditorium.

AMC Theatres, the country's largest circuit, said Tuesday that 70 percent of its locations will be open by the end of this week, including seven theaters in the San Diego area. And Cinemark, the third-largest chain in the U.S., will have 70 percent of its sites reopened by Sept. 11.