Show Time: 5 Tips For A Stress-Free Cinema Outing During RMCO
Cinephiles, take note
Since reopening on July 1, Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) and Aurum Theatre have had over a combined total of 150,000 admissions – proof of how much movie lovers have missed the big screen while in quarantine.
Despite the postponement of several tentpole movies like Disney’s live action Mulan and Wonder Woman 1984, GSC's CEO Koh Mei Lee is optimistic about the new independent titles being screened this month, as well as the recent release of Train to Busan: Peninsula, the first blockbuster since the reopening.
“There's also been a lot of excitement and hype for our anime shows especially Digimon Adventure and My Hero Academia, which are both screening exclusively at GSC,” says Koh. “We anticipate Peninsula to jumpstart the recovery of moviegoing and look forward to other Hollywood titles like Mulan and Christopher Nolan's Tenet in August to do the same.”
If you’re planning on visiting the cinema soon, follow these tips for a pleasant and safe experience.
The first thing to remember is that, during the RMCO, cinemas will not admit those below the age of 12 and above 60, as per the SOP set by the National Security Council.
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Social distancing in the cinema halls
Cinemas are now practising gap seating, with empty seats in between each customer as well as directly in front and behind them to ensure that they are safely 1m apart from one another. This rule also applies to couples and families.
For your peace of mind, the halls are sanitised after every show. But Aurum Theatre takes it further due to its unique amenities.
Koh elaborates: "As part of Aurum Theatre’s whole premium experience, our SOPs from day one included cleaning measures unique to Aurum, due to the luxury recliners, pillows and other amenities that are not available at our regular cinemas. This includes the removal and changing of mattress sheets and pillow covers, as well as the replacement of blankets, and disposable slippers after every show.”
Keep your mask on
Should you wear a mask throughout the show? Koh recommends keeping them on whenever you're moving around in public places such as cinema waiting areas, concessions stands and washrooms, and to refrain from eating and drinking when doing so.
Sanitise your hands frequently
"Maintaining good hygiene at all times by regularly washing your hands and using the sanitisers provided throughout our premises will help ensure an even smoother cinema experience," Koh adds.