Although metro Detroit’s movie theaters are still waiting for an OK from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to re-open, a new Marvel movie will open here on at least one outdoor screen.
Emagine Novi announced Tuesday tickets are on sale for showings of “The New Mutants” at its temporary drive-in location at its Fountain Walk site.
The film opens this weekend, with screenings starting Thursday night.
Based on the Marvel comic series, the horror thriller stars a young cast (including Maisie Williams from HBO’s “Game of Thrones”) as five mutants coming to terms with their special powers.
On Wednesday during a press briefing, Gov. Whitmer held firm to her pandemic precautions for movie theaters and gyms. But she also indicated she’s looking closely at the matter.
“I’m not going to be bullied into making that decision. I”m going to follow the science,” she said.
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While Whitmer said she is continuing to scrutinize the situation, she stressed that it is “too early to say yet” when movie theaters and gyms will get a green light.
In mid-June, Michigan allowed movie theaters to re-open in the Upper Peninsula and much of northern Michigan, including the Traverse City area.
“The New Mutants” will arrive at both indoor and outdoor screens across the country. It’s among the first new releases since mid-March as theaters try to find a new normal for film-going during the coronavirus pandemic.
The most anticipated movie of the COVID-19 summer, “Tenet,” is taking a different approach. It will only play at drive-ins if indoor movie theaters in a certain region are closed for public health reasons, according to Variety.
“Tenet,” written and directed by Christopher Nolan and starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, is set to arrive Sept. 3.
Besides Detroit, the nation’s two largest movie markets, New York City and Los Angeles, are among the metropolitan regions that continue to keep their movie theaters closed during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Emagine Novi’s drive-in has a limited capacity of 175 vehicles of vehicles and maintains social distancing between them. Tickets are on sale now at the Emagine website.