Theaters reopen in Albuquerque as pandemic restrictions ease

On Friday, Bernalillo County moved into Level Green as part of the state’s red-to-green reopening plan. Century Rio 24, however, waited until Saturday to reopen at 25 percent capacity.

“Some places are far apart, but we were lucky. We were all sitting close to a close family,” said Vina Begay-Tsosie, a movie buff.

Begay-Tsosie said she and her family traveled from Shiprock to see Mortal Kombat.

“And we wanted to come down and see a movie because we really missed the popcorn and the drinks here,” she said.

“A theater like this is worth going back to. It’s been a while, so I’m pretty sure all these people out here will enjoy the movies as we do,” said Duane Tsosie.

Century Rio 24 is taking additional steps to ensure everyone’s safety by adding extra cleanings and wellness checks for employees. Customers were also seen using their cell phones while checking in.

“They make sure that the seats next to you are also taken so that there is only room for that many people,” said Alexander Reidy, a film buff.

“Yeah. I think it was safe. In every theater there was someone cleaning before and after. It wasn’t full,” added Monica Reidy.

Theaters in green counties can be occupied to 25%. In level Turquoise, the highest level, the capacity increases to 33%.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said she plans to allow places with no COVID restrictions to fully reopen once 60% of New Mexicans are fully vaccinated.

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