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Dallas movie theaters and entertainment venues start to reopen with new COVID-19 precautions

Dallas movie theaters and entertainment venues reopen with precautions

Strike and Reel
Strike & Reel, which offers bowling, movies, and more, is one of a slew of entertainment venues that has reopened its doors to the public. Photo courtesy of Strike + Reel

Slowly but surely, movie theaters and other entertainment venues in Dallas-Fort Worth are starting to reopen their doors to the public amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, albeit with restrictions designed to keep patrons as safe as possible.

Following the June 4 announcement by Cinemark that it will reopen theaters starting on June 19, other smaller movie theaters have already started reopening their doors. Strike & Reel in Garland, which had just debuted in December, reopened theaters on June 8 with 50 percent capacity. They are currently offering $4 screenings of such recent movies as Knives OutThe Invisible Man, and Sonic the Hedgehog, as well as some classic movies.

Also open is iPic Fairview, currently showing a trio of classic movies as well as the new release The High Note. Studio Movie Grill has plans to reopen three locations in Texas, including one in The Colony, on June 19; there is no word yet on when they plan to reopen the other eight locations around Dallas-Fort Worth. (UPDATE: SMG will open the Arlington Lincoln Square and Dallas Royal Lane locations on June 26. More locations will be added weekly after that.)

Other notable movie theater chains, like AMC Theatres, Alamo Drafthouse, and Moviehouse & Eatery are taking a slower approach, with no announcements yet on when they will reopen, although most are offering virtual cinema options to watch new movies at home.

Main Event, which unveiled plans to reopen on Thursday, June 11, becomes the latest entertainment venue to welcome back the public. Strike & Reel, Pinstack, Bowl & Barrel (which cheekily claims it has "the cleanest balls in Dallas"), Bowlounge, and Bowlski's have already reopened their bowling lanes, while Dave & Buster's will reopen its Dallas, Euless, and Arlington locations on June 10 (the Frisco location will remain closed for now). Punch Bowl Social in Deep Ellum has not yet announced plans to reopen.

Given that all of these venues — especially the ones featuring interactive games and more — contain surfaces touched by many hands, all venues are employing the necessary precautions to protect against the transmission of the coronavirus. These include enhanced sanitizing of seating areas, bowling balls, and other shared equipment; reduced capacity; social distancing measures; contactless transactions; and more.