Like a reluctant swimmer dipping his toes into the water to check the temperature, New Yorkers cautiously returned to the movies today.
Capacity was limited in theaters and many did not sell popcorn or other concessions. Social distancing was observed, masks required, and everyone got that kind of nervous excitement that comes from doing something a little bit forbidden.
Perhaps it was the presence of actor Liam Neeson, who was planning to show up at the theaters to greet fans returning to his film, The sniper. He probably avoided telling them his trademark, “I’ll find you and I’ll kill you.” Or maybe it was the dance moves of mayoral candidate Andrew Yang, who danced in joy as he marked his tickets.
But overall the vibe, as evidenced by reactions online, resembled George Costanza’s reaction to a memorable episode of Seinfeld: “Reserved jubilation.”
Some of the early feedback:
Cinemas are coming back to New York without compromise. Also: swimming pools reopen without water.
– Mélissa Francis (@MelissaAFrancis) March 5, 2021
Today in New York, movie theaters are reopening. This is very effective because you can now pass your entire stimulation test and catch Covid in 90 minutes.
– Lowell Benjamin (@LowellCBenjamin) March 5, 2021
me and the girls second theaters reopen pic.twitter.com/HGzkicTPAy
– Already the view (@dejatheviewpod) March 5, 2021
– Andrew Yang🧢🗽🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) March 5, 2021