Films and Masks

Angelika Film Center reopens one Dallas-area theater in time for big movie premieres

Angelika reopens one Dallas-area theater in time for big premieres

Mockingbird Station, Angelika
The Angelika Film Center in Dallas will reopen to the public on August 28. Photo courtesy of UCR

The Angelika Film Center & Cafe in Dallas will reopen to the public on Friday, August 28, joining the growing list of local theaters welcoming moviegoers back after their coronavirus-shutdowns.

No specific date has been set for the Angelika Plano theater  — although a release says it, too, will reopen in coming weeks.

Befitting Angelika's goal of showing independent movies as well as mainstream ones, the first films shown include Armando Ianucci's The Personal History of David Copperfield, an interpretation of the Dickens’ classic starring Dev Patel; The Eight Hundred, the war epic by director Guan Huthe; and Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula, the sequel to Train to Busan from director Yeon Sang-ho.

They'll also begin Early Access screenings of the highly anticipated Tenet, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson. The film officially opens September 3. The Angelika will present two early screenings each day from August 31-September 2.

To prepare for the release of Tenet, they'll also celebrate the 10th Anniversary re-release of Nolan’s Inception, featuring never-before-seen footage from Tenet, with screenings from August 28-September 2, with a special discounted price of $5 for adults and $3 for children.

Given that they're opening amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Angelika says they will implement extensive sanitization and safety measures.

“The Angelika management has been working hard to develop enhanced protocols and to train our team to ensure the safest environment possible for our guests and staff by following all federal, state, local and industry guidelines,” said Division Manager Scott Rosemann in a statement. “We are delighted to welcome back film lovers to one of Dallas’ most treasured cinemas.”

Among the new measures are a mask requirement for all guests and staff; limited capacity in theaters; assigned seating to maintain social distancing; increased sanitization — especially at high-touch point areas, and more. In addition, guests are encouraged to buy tickets in advance, and only credit, debit, or gift cards will be accepted to limit monetary exchanges. Guests are asked to arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before their showtimes to limit theater capacity and allow for increased sanitation.

Tickets for all showtimes through September 3 are now on sale