Paramount Pictures announced Friday that the Sonic the Hedgehog movie will make its return to select movie theatres in the United States and Canada.
Limited seats will be sold in select drive-in and indoor cinema locations across the two countries beginning this week.
The Sonic the Hedgehog movie is among the many films that will be re-screened as the film industry reopens after a five-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite the re-screening, the pandemic is still being felt. While Canada reported approximately 2,400 new cases in the past week, with an increase of cases in British Columbia and Alberta; the United States reported approximately 44,000 new cases in the past 24 hours, with California, Texas, and Florida as major hot-spots.
There are fears that potential movie-goers may contribute to the spreading of the virus, as Sonic content creator Ruki185 warns on Twitter.
For people living in the US:— Ruki185 (@Ruki185) August 21, 2020
DO NOT go to a cinema at the moment. For you and for all the people you’ll potentially meet.
Stay safe. https://t.co/ZaiI6TDcaa
In response, the National Association of Theater Owners formally established the CinemaSafe program to create a set of standardized Health and Safety guidelines. Many of America’s largest movie theatre companies, like AMC Entertainment, and Regal Cinemas, signed the protocol.