By Robin E. Simmons

Such a sad week for this movie reviewer. No PSIFF movies, no local screenings for the press and no physical screeners of new movies in the mail.    All theses issues are pandemic related.

But here’s the bigger question: is it safe to go back to seeing movies in a theater?

Yes, there are a myriad of films available on the internet and streaming platforms, but it’s not the same as going to theater.  Our communal experiences has been greatly modifies due to the killer virus (even if you think it’s a hoax).

Recently I spoke to several local infectious disease experts and epidemiologists and asked is it safe to see a movie in a theater? Here’s a summary of what they said.

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Because theaters are indoors, attending a show might involve being part of a crowd in a poorly ventilated venue.  So, participating in a theatrical screening puts you at a higher risk for “catching” Covid-19.

Fully vaccinated people don’t need to wear masks or physically distance unless laws, places and businesses require them.

Fully vaccinated people who are immunocompromised, or living with people who are, should still be extra careful since immune weakening conditions make someone at higher risk for disease and death.

Since you’re not able to open doors and windows (in theaters) to increase ventilation, avoiding a crowded theater is a good rule of thumb.

We already swap hours of our lives to enjoy a movie, but no movie is worth dying for.

I want to hear from readers.  Please tell me if you are seeing movies in an indoor theater, and what movies are worth the risk.

robin@coachellavalleyweekly.com