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Tinseltown and Varsity theaters reopen Friday

Jackson County recently moved from the “extreme” COVID-19 risk level to “high,” but local movie theaters aren’t open yet. When will that happen?

— JZ, Medford

Very soon. On Friday, both Cinemark Tinseltown USA in Medford and Varsity Theatre in Ashland will reopen, albeit in a limited capacity.

The guidance for theaters in high-risk counties calls for a maximum occupancy of 25% of the building’s capacity or 50 people, whichever number is smaller. Also, they must close by 11 p.m.

The Varsity Theatre of Coming Attractions Theatres will be open Friday through Sunday each week. Its schedule for this weekend includes four movies, “Chaos Walking,” “My Salinger Year,” “Raya and the Last Dragon” and “Tom & Jerry.”

Tinseltown will have eight movies, and unlike the Varsity will be open on weekdays, too. Tinseltown’s lineup includes “The Croods: A New Age,” “Wonder Woman 1984,” and “The Marksman.”

Face masks will be required in theaters. Other safety measures in place include staggered showtimes, contact-free ticketing and enhanced sanitation measures.

If Jackson County were to reach “moderate” risk levels, indoor theater capacity would increase to 100 people or 50% of capacity, whichever number is smaller.

For more information about Oregon’s risk-level guidance, visit https://coronavirus.oregon.gov.

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