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HAPPY SCREENS ARE HERE AGAIN …

     

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, June 19, 2020

For the first time since Covid-19 shut down movie theaters all over the world in the middle of March, the local Megaplex Theatres chain is reopening this weekend … with distancing restrictions in place. (All other theaters remain closed.)

But since there are no new movies to show, it’s classics galore. Well, “classics” being a subjective term; perhaps not entirely. But what will be on display is mostly composed of older movies, some of which are indeed classics.

 

Among the titles Megaplex is offering in Salt Lake Valley theaters are “Back to the Future,” “Forrest Gump,” “Jurassic Park,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” along with some recent titles, including “Dunkirk,” “Knives Out,” “Just Mercy,” and several cartoons, including “Shrek,” “Sonic the Hedgehog” and “The Secret Life of Pets.”

There are only two titles that have not played in local theaters previously, though both have recently been available for online streaming: The cartoon “Trolls On Tour” and the musical drama “High Note,” starring Dakota Johnson and Tracee Ellis Ross.

All of those titles are playing at Jordan Commons in Sandy; you can find showtimes and other information by searching the Megaplex website.

 

And if you search other theaters you’ll find some other titles as well, ranging from such older films as “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” “The Goonies,” “Tommy Boy” and “Batman Begins” to the more recent “Jumanji: The Next Level,” “Shazam!,” “Wonder Woman,” “Kung Fu Panda,” “Despicable Me,” “John Wick,” “Now You See Me,” “World War Z,” and the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies.

The two oldest films of the bunch, 1979’s “The Muppet Movie” and the indisputable classic 1952’s “Singin’ in the Rain” are both at the Cottonwood Theater.

 

By the way, it’s interesting to note that so many of the older films are from the 1980s. Any guesses as to the age of the Megaplex booker?

Be advised that although each of these films is scheduled to play for a full week at the assigned venue, the showtimes for some of them change day to day, and admission prices have not been reduced; full prices are being charged, ranging from $7.56 to $10.78 at most theaters and from $9.71 to $12.92 at the Cottonwood Theater.