AceShowbiz - Liam Neeson will personally welcome cinema-goers back to New York theatres on Friday night (05Mar21).
The actor's film "The Marksman" will be among the new releases hitting the Big Apple's big screens as theatres re-open, after the pandemic lockdown, for the first time in almost a year.
Neeson, who has received his first vaccination shot, will introduce his new action movie at AMC Lincoln Square, and tells The Hollywood Reporter, "This is one for the diary. It will be nice to welcome people."
"I think going to the cinema is a bit of a sacred experience. I've felt that way since I was a kid."
AMC bosses are opening all 13 of their New York City locations.
Cinema capacities will be limited to 25 per cent, or no more than 50 people per theatre. Some cinemas in California have also been given the OK to re-open, while Los Angeles film fans are hoping theatres in the city will open in the next few weeks.
Studios turned to streaming platforms following multiple delays because of the coronavirus crisis, but some directors were not happy with the move.
Last year, Christopher Nolan and James Gunn ripped Warner Brothers over their deal with HBO Max. The studio was slammed for not consulting the filmmakers and stars when they decided to release their entire 2021 movies such as "The Suicide Squad", "Dune", "Godzilla vs. Kong" and "The Matrix 4" directly on the streaming service.
Meanwhile, Martin Scorsese wrote in an essay last month that streaming movies had a negative impact on cinema, which he claimed was being "systematically devalued, sidelined, demeaned, and reduced to its lowest common denominator, 'content.' "