2 Maine film theaters able to reopen after closing because of COVID

Apple Cinemas took over the previous Cinemagic film theaters in Saco and Westbrook this summer season after they closed in February 2021 because of the pandemic.

WESTBROOK, Maine — Should you’re a movie-lover in southern Maine, probability are you’ve got been excitedly awaiting the reopening of two film theaters within the area. The excellent news is that Friday, Oct. 8, is predicted to be the primary day of a full slate of exhibits for the Saco and Westbrook Apple Cinemas places.

This summer season, Apple Cinemas (an organization with places in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island) introduced it will be shifting into the 2 former Cinemagic buildings in these two cities. In February, Cinemagic needed to shut its Saco, South Portland, and Westbrook places because of the pandemic. 

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For many individuals, the prospects of a brand new enterprise coming in have been thrilling. Westbrook mayor Michael Foley stated shedding Cinemagic was disappointing, and he is excited to see what Apple Cinemas may do for the world.

“We’re excited to have the ability to have Westbrook as a vacation spot, and we have now a lot extra to supply in Westbrook than only a easy movie show. We’ve a tremendous downtown; we have now wonderful improvement happening at Rock Row,” Foley stated. “There’s loads of good issues taking place in the neighborhood, and that is one thing that we’re capable of get well and retain, as we proceed to develop and develop.”

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Should you’re stunned by information of the opening, you are not alone. Apple Cinemas hasn’t made a giant announcement and is as a substitute attempting to do a “tender open.” Ashley Taylor, the final supervisor of the Saco and Westbrook places, stated they’re attempting to ease into demand, because it has been tough to workers each buildings with the continued labor scarcity nationwide. She stated she’s anticipating the neighborhood might be prepared to return out. 

“You possibly can sit house and watch (a film)…however you’re not out doing one thing, and I feel folks actually need to be out doing one thing,” Taylor expressed.

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Taylor stated as soon as the theaters are utterly up-and-running, the Saco location can have 13 screens together with an iMax theater, and the Westbrook location can have 16 screens. She stated the areas are giant, which is sweet information throughout a pandemic.

“Folks need more room, and these theaters are so large that they will have the house,” Taylor stated. “All people who needs to return to the flicks can come, they usually’ll have the house to take pleasure in it and never really feel like they’re on high of any individual else.”

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Some renovations are within the works at each theaters, like self-serve butter and soda machines and reclining seats. Taylor stated they’re additionally contemplating turning the arcade space into one other sort of attraction and are open to ideas about what sort of an “expertise” company might want. 

These Apple Cinemas places might be open all through the weekend. 

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