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Las Vegas families head to movie theaters on Christmas Day despite pandemic

It's an important tradition for many
Posted at 1:22 PM, Dec 26, 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — For many families, Christmas and movies go together and this year was no exception.

Local movie theaters had a great Christmas Day after many families enjoyed new releases and the comfort of watching a movie on a big screen for the first time in many months.

Some wore pajamas and Christmas costumes as they went to the theater to continue a holiday tradition, even during this year.

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, blockbusters drew families to movie theaters and some even had an entire theater to themselves.

At Century 16 South Point, they ate popcorn and other goodies, while celebrating this special day together, but some were surprised to know that some movies, like “Wonder Woman 1984," were completely sold out (a sell-out during the pandemic is a much smaller crowd due to capacity limits and social distancing.)

“I just like a good fighting superhero movie, I think that's how probably we all feel, right? we just want to see some comebacks and some heroes, “ said Justin Tamburri, who had to look for another movie to watch his family,

Most of the families that showed up bought their tickets in advance or had a reservation.

Like many others, the Micken family has reservations and were excited to see "Wonder Woman 1984."

"Movies on Christmas Day is a tradition for us and with everything going on and the kids not being able to go to school to do many activities, we had to at least keep one thing normal that brings them happiness,” said James Mickens.

His 6-year-old son, Jie, couldn’t agree more when he said he was happy to watch "Wonder Woman" because she's a superhero.

For others, like the Allen family, it was also a nice way to be together, while staying safe. They rented a private movie theater, and they said the experience was better than expected.

"For most of us this was the first movie that we watched since COVID-19 kind of started, and then, it was kind of a tradition that we used to watch movies usually around thanksgiving and Christmas and we didn't really get to do that this year. So it was really cool to have the opportunity to rent it out and then be all together for the movie," said Britton Allen.

Face covering, social distancing, and on-going cleaning around the movie theater is part of the COVID-19 protocols that the movie theater has in place.

More people are expected at the movie theaters over the weekend.

If your family is planning to head to the movies, plan ahead and book a reservation.