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The Lookout | May 13, 2021

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Customers returning to NCG Cinemas

Customers returning to NCG Cinemas
  • On March 10, 2021

By Maddy Warren
Editor In Chief

The COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses to operate at a decreased capacity and even shut down for a period of time. Movie theaters are among the businesses that have been affected.

Theaters were forced to shut down for months to prevent the spread of the virus. In early March, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced entertainment facilities, including bowling alleys and movie theaters, were allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity, up to 300 people.

Katie Morrison, general manager of NCG Theaters on Lansing’s north side, said the theater was operating at 20 percent, then 25 percent for a while, but it is now open at a 50 percent capacity.

“We’ve gotten some … family movies that have came out, so that’s definitely brought in business,” Morrison said. “They pushed back a lot of the big blockbuster movies, so it was a little bit slower, but we’re slowly starting to see some more … come out.”

Morrison said guests are required to wear masks inside the theater until they are seated, and that two seats are left open in between parties. She also mentioned that NCG is doing contact tracing like restaurants, and that there is a limited concessions menu.

“We just have drinks, popcorn and candy,” Morrison said.

As of right now, NCG is closed on Monday and open Tuesday through Sunday.

Morrison said NCG will open at 100 percent capacity as soon as state mandates allow it to do so.

“Overall it’s going really well. We’re definitely seeing an awesome turnout,” Morrison said. “(We hope) business keeps increasing as new movies come out and we’re really excited.”

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