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Movies back at Shiloh 14 theater in Billings

Posted at 11:49 PM, Aug 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 01:49:19-04

AMC Theatres reopened 170 theaters that have been closed during the pandemic Thursday.

Three of those theaters are in Montana, including the Shiloh 14 in Billings.

It's the first time since March people have been in the theater.

“We are grateful for the positive feedback we have been receiving about our guests’ desire to see movies on the big screen at AMC, and about our extensive AMC Safe & Clean policies and procedures," AMC Theatres CEO & President Adam Aron said in a news release.

The company is in its phase 2, which allows for 40 percent capacity.

However, according to AMC management, 50 people is the maximum allowed in a theater because of Montana mandates. Attendees said the theater was bare.

"I think there's only three other people, four other people, well four other groups," said Natalee Powell, who watched a movie Thursday with her daughter, Lili.

"It was really fun," said Lili Powell. "It was really loud too. I don't know, cause not as many people were in there maybe."

"Well it's almost like being in your living room with no people," said attendee Dwight Buttman. "So, in a way it's kind of nice, but I can understand with how things are going."

"It's really nice," said Mike Ferestad. "It's good to get out. see the big screen."

"The seating is weird," said Nichole Ferestad, Mike's daughter, "That's to be expected but it's nice to be back in the movies. We've been dying to go to a movie the last several months now, so it's really nice to get back to that."

"And to do it safely," said Paul Bodalski, who attended with the Ferestads. "Everyone's spaced out which is great being able to see a new movie."

"It was my favorite comic book growing up," Mike Ferstad said about the film showing, "The New Mutants". "So I've been waiting 40 years for this thing to come out."

"Get back to something a little more normal," said Natalee Powell.

"It's nice to be back," said Buttman. "My wife and I usually go to movies and it's just nice to be back doing that again."

"I just can't wait for the new Top Gun Maverick movie to come out," Bodalski said.

Tickets to two older films cost $5.

AMC expects to have 400 of its 600 U.S. theaters open next Thursday.