What to Know Before Going to the Movies in Raleigh During Phase 3

(The Triangle Trend) — Most of us haven’t gotten our usual share of buttery popcorn, overpriced drinks, and movie nights during 2020.

During phase 1 and phase 2 of NC’s public safety plan concerning COVID-19, movie theaters weren’t open for the public at all. Despite quite a few cinemas in Raleigh finally reopening, many people are still skeptical about the safety of enjoying a flick in such a traditionally congested space.

However, all theaters are only able to sell a limited amount of tickets for each movie showing. Even with a reduced capacity of just 30%, hardly any showings are selling out anymore, which means a trip to the movies is surprisingly social distancing friendly.

If you’ve got your eye on a movie you’d like to see sometime soon, bear in mind which Raleigh theaters are still closed to public access. All Regal cinemas are temporarily closed until further notice, including local favorites: Regal North Hills and Regal Brier Creek.

On a slightly sadder note, AMC Classic Blueridge 14 at 600 Blue Ridge Road has permanently closed. Though they hope to see you at their next nearest location: AMC Park Place 16, located on Chapel Hill Road in Morrisville. Also, as of October 30th, Six Forks Cinemas is closed until further notice, as Mr. Cooper has decided to retire.

For the theaters that are open, here’s what to expect.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Raleigh

2116-D New Bern Ave, Raleigh, NC 27610

Their “House Rules” for guests are as follows:

  • Maintain 6 feet from those not in your party at all times.
  • Wear a mask, except when eating or drinking
  • Wash your hands!
  • Remain in your seat once the movie ends, then exit by row.
  • And of course, don’t show up if you’re not feeling well

They assure all guests that auditoriums will be thoroughly disinfected between each screening with “professional electrostatic sanitization machines that utilize EPA-registered hospital-grade disinfectants.”

Kitchen, bathrooms, and other highly trafficked areas will routinely receive the same deep clean treatment.

Countertops and stall doors will be sanitized every thirty minutes. Team members are required to wear masks and gloves at all times.

Marbles IMAX

201 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Currently, Marbles IMAX is only open Friday-Sunday each week. Guests ages 5 and older are required to wear face coverings, adhere to social distancing guidelines, and wash/sanitize their hands frequently. Children ages 3 and 4 are also strongly encouraged to wear a face covering.

They’ve also implemented additional cleaning and sanitation protocols including full cleaning and sanitizing between showings.

To facilitate contact-free transactions and maintain capacity limits, tickets should be purchased online in advance of your visit. To purchase concessions, credit cards, and cash will be accepted.

Cinemark Raleigh Grande

4840 Grove Barton Rd, Raleigh, NC 27613

Consistent with all other Cinemark theaters, Raleigh Grande’s location is following the “Cinemark Standard”. Learn more at

Any occupied seat is thoroughly sanitized before the next showtime, as well as adjacent seats, handrails, and children’s booster seats. Cinemark is proactively placing hand sanitizers at the box office and active concession stand registers. Seat wipe dispensers have also been added, centrally located in hallways outside the auditoriums.

When you purchase movie tickets at Cinemark, they are now automatically blocking the seats adjacent to your party. They are also staggering showtimes to reduce guests’ exposure to others.

They encourage you to purchase tickets online, but if you prefer to purchase tickets in a theatre, they ask that you use a contactless-enabled credit card or your preferred mobile wallet payment.

Marquee Cinemas

10600 Common Oaks Dr, Raleigh, NC 27614

All Marquee Cinemas guests are required to wear masks in the building but they can be removed in the auditorium to enjoy snacks and drinks. Disposable masks are available for $1.00 each.

Rest assured they’ve been busy preparing the theatre for you and taking the necessary steps to provide a safe, clean environment.

Learn more about what to expect on your next trip in this video.

Don’t forget!

When checking online, showtimes may not be up to date in places where health guidelines have recently changed. We suggest calling ahead to make sure the times are correct!

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Cierra Smith | Editor

Raleigh-born writer passionate about cultural awareness and social change. You’ll typically find me somewhere studying a language, writing, or doing pilates. Consider me a health-conscious foodie with an interest in all diets and lifestyles.

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