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Coming soon: A movie theater to reopen near you

Summer at the movies should be the time of blockbusters.

Instead, Summer 2020 is the summer of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

With movie theaters closed for approximately three months in the United States, nearly every man’s and woman’s home is not only his or her castle but has become a movie palace.

That may change in July with national first-run movie theater chains expected to reopen.

Appropriately enough in light, or dark, in the time of coronavirus, “Unhinged” is the first new theatrical release scheduled to open.

In an update of the July 1 and July 2 print editions of the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section, “Unhinged” is now to open July 31. “Unhinged” was to open for the July 4 holiday weekend, was moved to July 10 and was moved again to open July 31.

“Tenet,” set for July 17, is now to open Aug. 12.

“Mulan,” set for March 27, is to open Aug. 21.

The first-run movie theater experience is expected to return in late July in the Lehigh Valley, joining the drive-in movie experience, which returned June 5 in the region with the reopening of Shankweiler’s Drive-in Theater, Becky’s Drive-In Theater and Mahoning Drive-In Theater.

Among first-run movie multiplexes, Regal Theatres, the No. 2 domestic distributor with 564 North American locations and 7,300 screens, which was to reopen July 10, is to reopen July 31.

AMC Theaters, the No. 1 domestic distributor with 1,006 theaters and 11,091 screens, was to reopen 90 percent of its theaters July 15, but that has been pushed back to July 30, with all of its theaters to reopen, instead of the end of July, now early August.

As of the deadline for this article, reopening dates were not announced for New Vision Tilghman 8 and Movie Tavern Hamilton Crossings.

Civic Theatre of Allentown, which has not announced a reopening date, is offering through its “Civic at Home” program “Virtual Cinema” for streaming, including “Miss Juneteenth,” “In My Blood It Runs” and “National Theatre Live: “Les Blancs,” all through July 9, and “John Lewis: Good Trouble,” “And The Birds Rained Down” and “One Small Step,” all through July 16.

Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas Bethlehem, which is expected to announce in early July its reopening date, has online screenings of: “I Am Not Your Negro,” “Whose Streets?,” “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am,” “Sometimes, Always Never,” “In My Blood It Runs,” “Hill of Freedom,” “Woman on the Beach,” “Tommaso,” “One Small Step,” “My Darling Vivian” and “John Lewis: Good Trouble.”

With the closing of movie theaters (which for most in the Lehigh Valley was March 17) in an attempt to mitigate the community spread of the coronavirus, new theatrical motion pictures were yanked from release.

Meanwhile, movies circumvented theaters and went direct to streaming services.

“Trolls World Tour,” set for April 17, went on-demand April 10.

“Scoob,” set for May 15, went on-demand May 15.

“The Lovebirds,” set for April 3 release, went to Netflix May 23.

“The High Note,” set for May 8 release, went on-demand May 29.

“Artemis Fowl,” set for May 29, went to Disney+ on June 12.

“The King of Staten Island,” set for June 19, went on-demand June 12.

“Irresistible,” set for May 29, went on-demand June 26.

“Hamilton,” the film of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical, went to Disney+ on July 3.

“Greyhound,” starring Tom Hanks, set to open June 12, goes to Apple TV+ on July 10.

Several movies scheduled to open in spring and summer 2020 have been pushed back to 2021, including “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” “Jungle Cruise” and “The Beatles: Get Back.”

Some movies, set to open in 2021, have been pushed back to 2022.

Other major releases have been pushed back several months.

The horror film sequel, “A Quiet Place Part II,” set for March 20, is postponed to Sept. 4.

Daniel Craig, as Bond, James Bond, is back in “No Time to Die,” set for April 10, to open Nov. 20.

“Wonder Woman,” set for June 5, is Oct. 2.

“Black Widow,” set for May 1, is Nov. 6.

“Top Gun: Maverick,” set for June 24, is Dec. 23.

On a typical summer weekend at the multiplex, six or more new movies might unreel.

This summer, you’re lucky if and when one movie opens on a given weekend.

The following movie release dates are subject to change.


“Unhinged,” starring Russell Crowe in a road-rage pursuit of a mother and her son, set for July 1, then July 10, has been moved to July 31.

“Saint Maud,” a horror film, set for April 10, is to open July 17.

“Cut Throat City,” July 17

“Inception,” a re-release of director Christopher Nolan’s film, is to open July 17.

“Broken Hearts Gallery,” a rom-com by writer-director Natalie Krinsky, set for July 10, is to open July 17.

“Rebuilding Paradise,” July 21

“The Rental,” July 24


“Made in Italy,” Aug. 7

“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run,” set for May 22, is to open Aug. 7.

“The Empty Man,” Aug. 7

“Words on Bathroom Walls,” Aug. 7

“Tenet,” a science-fiction epic from director Christopher Nolan starring Robert Pattinson, set for July 17, is Aug. 12.

“Greenland.” Aug. 14

“The Personal History of David Copperfield,” set for May 8, is Aug. 14.

“Mulan,” the live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1998 animated film, set for March 27, is to open Aug; 21.

“Antebellum,” set for April 24, is Aug. 21.

“Let Him Go,” Aug. 21

“Tesla,” Aug. 21

“Bill and Ted Face The Music,” Aug. 28

“The New Mutants.” set for April 3, is to be released Aug. 28.

See you at the movie theater, soon, we hope.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO COURTESY SOLSTICE STUDIOS“Unhinged,” starring Russell Crowe, set to open July 31, is expected to be the first new theatrical movie to open in wide-release after more than three months of movie theaters shutdown in the United States because of the coronavirus (COVID-10) pandemic.