Movie theaters taking cautious approach to opening

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Movie theaters may be one of the more anticipated venues to reopen, but even once they’re given the green light, don’t expect all of them to come back immediately.

“I think a lot of it is being cautious being safe and not just jumping out of the gates,” said Rob Shilts, manager of the Artcraft Theatre in Franklin.

The theatre is currently offering curbside service on the weekends, but aren’t targeting to reopen their cinema until Independence day weekend.

“And again, that’s a moving target. That could always change if the numbers spike again or if there is a second wave,” Shilts said.

A number of national chains in Indiana also don’t seem to be in a rush to open.

Originally the state plan to reopen would have let theaters open this weekend. Governor Holcomb, however, pushed that date back to June 14.

“When we open, there is no reason to do it in a way that would put anybody at risk or do anything that would not be in the best interest of the community,” said Jonah Crismore, Executive Director of Buskirk-Chumley Theater in Bloomington.

Crismore says they’ve gotten feedback from customers who say they prefer for the theater to take their time.

“We did a donor survey. They want us to try to be careful, take all precautions necessary and not to rush into anything,” said Crismore.