Some excited at return to movie theaters, others not so sure

Emily Putnam
Updated: October 17, 2020 11:14 PM
Created: October 17, 2020 10:46 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — While some movie lovers are eager to get back inside their favorite theaters, others still have concerns about safety. 

It’s been over six months since indoor movie theaters in New York State could welcome guests. Today, Governor Cuomo announced that that wait will soon come to an end as movie theaters are allowed to reopen on Oct. 23. 


This news comes as a relief to people who are tired of streaming movies on devices.

"I'm on the computer all day long at work and then to go home and stream something. I need that break. So, I really, really miss going to a theater," says Rochester resident Beth Peters. 

Peters isn’t alone. Families gathered in Pittsford Saturday night at a drive-in movie event. With temperatures dropping and theaters reopening soon, this could be one of the last drive-in events for a while.

For some movie lovers in attendance, going back to an indoor theater isn’t necessarily a question of “is it safe?” It’s more about “what’s playing?”

“I think the measures that the individual theater will put together will be good enough. I'll feel safe in the theater, it'll just be a matter of what's the experience, what's the movie?" says Jeff Meyers of Pittsford. 

Despite the long-awaited news, it’s still not worth the risk for some families. 

"As badly as I want to go see some of the new movies coming out, I'm not gonna be a guinea pig," says Mark Rissberger. "I'll wait, see how it turns out, I know it's tough for the movie theatres and I feel for them, I really do. And I know that they and other businesses are hurting, but I gotta keep my family safe and I gotta think of them first."

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