5 things to know as Bluffton’s movie theater reopens this week

Bluffton’s Cinemark Theater reopens on Tuesday after being closed since the spring because of the coronavirus pandemic.


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On March 31, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster ordered entertainment venues, including theaters, to close throughout the state. That order was lifted July 29, with the stipulation that masks be worn indoors and numbers of patrons be reduced from normal capacity.

The movie theater is located in Berkeley Place at 106 Buckwalter Parkway in Bluffton.

Here are five things to know about Cinemark’s reopening.

Here’s what’s showing this week

The theater will be offering a mix of older movies and newer ones on opening day.

“Unhinged,” a thriller starring Russell Crowe

“Words on Bathroom Walls,” a romance in which Charlie Plummer stars as a culinary school student diagnosed with a mental illness and Taylor Russell as his inspiration

“Bloodshot,” a sci-fi action movie starring Vin Diesel originally released in March

“Sonic the Hedgehog”

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”

“Inception 10th Anniversary”

“Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark”

“Jurassic Park”

“The Goonies”

Movies opening Friday include “The New Mutants” and “The Personal History of David Copperfield.” Early access screenings of “Tenet” starring John David Washington start Aug. 31.

Here’s how much a ticket will cost

Tickets for newer movies on opening day are reduced to $5.75 (or $5.25 if you are a rewards member). That price increases to $8 for a matinee or $10 or $10.50 for non-matinee showtimes later in the week.

Admission for the movies Cinemark has dubbed “Comeback Classics” is $5 per person.

Seats can be reserved on the theater’s website at cinemark.com.

Digital ticket holders will no longer have to print out a paper ticket to hand to the usher.

You can have the place to yourself for a price

Cinemark is offering the option to book a dedicated auditorium for a party of up to 20 guests.

The cost for a Private Watch Party varies depending on movie selection, but prices start at $99.

Concessions will be a little different

A news release from Cinemark explains that theaters will limit cash payments at the concession stand.

Instead, patrons may purchase gift cards with cash in a separate area and use those for concessions. If you don’t want to stand in two lines, you may pay with a credit or debit card at the concession stand.

Refillable cups and popcorn tubs will not be filled. Those who purchased these earlier in the year may show them at the concession stand to receive a discounted single-use container. The program is being extended through March 31, 2021, to make up for the time the theater was closed.

You’ll have to wear a mask during the movie

To limit the spread of COVID-19, moviegoers will have to wear masks in theaters unless they are eating or drinking.

When seats are booked online, the program automatically blocks off the surrounding seats, and seat wipes will be available for those who want them.

Cinemark says high-touch areas will be sanitized every 30 minutes, and each auditorium will be disinfected every morning and sanitized between screenings.

Guests who are not feeling well may request a full ticket refund.


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