Welcome Back to Movie Madness

Harkins Theaters reopens to the public

Photo by Rosie Harris
The Harkins building in Chandler.

After nearly eight months of being closed, Harkins has reopened their doors. COVID-19 forced businesses to close, so for many, this is the first time in months that people are allowed back in the movie theaters. Harkins is able to open because they are following CDC guidelines with COVID-19 precautions and hygiene.

It is important to be aware that Harkins has an acknowledgement form on their website, https://www.harkins.com. The most important things said in it are, “While Harkins Theatres has instituted enhanced health and safety measures, it is impossible to eliminate the risk of exposure to COVID-19…By continuing with your purchase, your party agrees to: 

  • Wear face coverings at all times while at the theatre (except while eating or drinking in your seat inside the auditorium). 
  • To stay home if you’re not feeling well or experiencing any symptoms of illness, especially COVID-19.
  • You and your party voluntarily assume all risks related to COVID-19 exposure.”

Masks are still required at all times in the building and precautions are being taken for COVID-19. The precautions performed by the employees are very prominent. When handing a ticket to the ticket guy,he does not not touch it at all. He simply looks at it and points to the direction of the theater.

When going up for snacks, like popcorn or a drink, all the Harkins employees are wearing masks and gloves. Due to the 6-feet rule there is a significantly reduced amount of people in the theater than normal.

Harkins requires masks to be worn in their theater. It can be off only for eating and drinking. If it is off not including the following exceptions, more than likely a Harkins employee will enforce this by reminding to keep masks on when not eating.

After a movie is finished, Harkins cleans the separate theaters of where people were.There are a lot of nooks and crannies in the whole building itself. There is no definite way to know if it is fully clean. So it is important to keep in mind that it is safer to reduce touching things by possibly wearing gloves and keeping a mask on. 

Harkins’ doors are back open to the public and they are taking the necessary precautions in order to make their theater as safe as possible.


Leyva at the Harkins Counter, paying for some snacks. (Photo by Rosie Harris)
Pedro Levya enjoys pop corn and a drink in the theater. (Photo by Rosie Harris)