With Metro Manila placed under Alert Level 3 from Jan. 3 to 15 due to increasing COVID-19 cases, a number of patrons have already bought tickets have been asking: What will happen to the Spider-Man: No Way Home premiere on Jan. 8?
Although cinema houses will remain operational under Alert Level 3, a number of cinemagoers have been voicing concerns on the status of pre-sold tickets that started before the new year, along with the Alert Level 3 policy that minors are not allowed inside cinemas.
Here's a rundown of cinema guidelines to remember under Alert Level 3:
- Only fully vaccinated individuals are permitted (with presented authentic vaccination cards)
- 30% capacity is allowed
- No eating inside the cinema
- Ticket-purchasing will be contactless
- Seating must be socially-distanced
With that, here's a running list of theatres in the country that have already released their statements on the future of No Way Home and their own cinema houses.
SM Cinema has continued to open its pre-selling of tickets for No Way Home in 20 of their theaters around the country in a limited capacity.
"Minors 11 years old and below may be allowed to enter the cinemas if they are accompanied by fully vaccinated adults (based on governing LGU guidelines). Please bring your vaccination cards," their site reads.
Ayala Malls Cinemas has released new policies under Alert Level 3, such as 50% capacity for cinemas in cities with a vaccination rate of 70%.
They have also opened the pre-selling of No Way Home tickets as early as Dec. 17 of last year.
Vista Malls have also announced that they are only allowing patrons at 30% capacity, though they have not opened pre-selling for No Way Home.
Meanwhile, a number of other malls have halted their selling of No Way Home tickets. One such example is Fora Mall in Tagaytay City, which shared that: "In light of the developing situation and for your health and safety, we are temporarily suspending the selling of advance tickets of Spider-Man: No Way Home."
They opened their pre-selling of tickets on Dec. 22 and will have their first full show on Dec. 8 as planned.
Cubao's Gateway Mall has asked its patrons to wait for further announcement on their pre-sold tickets, as they also opened No Way Home showings as early as December of last year.
Independent film house Cinema 76 have also opened their pre-selling tickets for No Way Home to start on Jan. 5, with a number of pre-selling procedures to cater to Alert Level 3:
- Only 48 people are allowed per screening
- Only fully-vaccinated people will be accepted into the cinema
- Strict no-cancellation and no-refund policy.
They have also opened block screenings for P13,440 for up to 48 people. You may contact their Facebook page for inquiries.