Movie theater opens doors again after being shut down for a year

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – After being shut down for an entire year due to the pandemic, it’s lights, camera, action once again at the Regal Hollywood Cinema in Greenville.

Lots of folks in the area are excited to have the theater back again.

Scott Norman is one of them.

“We love it as a family, I have three boys and a wife we love to come to the movies together, just experience big blockbusters,” Norman said.

He’s not alone.

“It was something we did almost weekly so it was very weird to just stop doing something we did on a regular basis,” moviegoer Kellan Mayfield said.

In 2020, all of that came to a pause when the Regal Hollywood on Woodruff Road had to shut their doors twice.

“It’s been a sad year without being able to have movie popcorn and just seeing it as a family,” Norman said.

“We’ve done this for years and years,” said Mayfield. “Since he was a little boy we’d watch movies together, so not being able to do it has been tough.”

However, now the popcorn is popping again, movie tickets are being scanned, and movie watchers across the Upstate are ready for the big screen.

“Our family loves to watch certain movies and enjoy spending time together like that,” Norman said.

“Just to get back to some sense of normalcy has been really refreshing and really nice,” Mayfield added.

Even though the theater is back open, there are some COVID precautions that you need to know.

According to Regal’s website, moviegoers must wear a mask at all times inside the building, except when eating and drinking, and concessions can be purchased through the app.

Not all Regal theaters in the area have reopened. Here is when you can expect each theater to resume operations:

May 7

  • Asheville, Regal Biltmore Grande & RPX
  • Spartanburg, Regal Spartan
  • Greenville, Regal Cherrydale
  • Simpsonville, Regal Simpsonville & IMAX

May 14

  • Anderson, Regal Starlight – Anderson

May 21

  • Spartanburg, Regal Westgate Mall Cinema

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