More than half of Americans (53 to 51 percent) say they would return to movie theaters within a month of their states meeting White House guidelines for reopening as long they offer staggered seating and sanitization procedures.
The poll, which was conducted by The Hollywood Reporter and Morning Consult, also shows that only 22 percent of the population would do the same if their states opened early. However, 49 percent to 45 percent would return to theaters before the White House gave the green light if theaters could assure the public that staggered seating and sanitization would be offered. The poll also found that 44 percent would wear a face mask to the theaters and would prefer if staff wore masks and gloves as well.
The survey was conducted between April 22-26 and featured 2,200 people of all ages. Of the survey group, those in the 18-29 age demographic were most likely to return to the theaters.
The news of the survey comes as some states begin the process of reopening the economy, including movie theaters. Georgia opened on April 27, while Texas is set to lift restrictions on May 1. Both these dates are optional, and many theaters, including AMC, won’t open until studios start releasing new films and public trust in reaping policies grows.
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A Hollywood Reporter survey reveals just how comfortable Americans are with returning to the movies.