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Movie theater rules for Phases 2 and 3

Apr 14, 2021 | Entertainment Reopening Guide

On April 16, three counties move back into Phase 2 of the governor’s Healthy Washington—Roadmap to Recovery Plan.

In Phase 2, movie theaters can operate at 25% capacity, or 200 people, whichever is fewer, if everyone can maintain six feet of physical distancing.

For a complete list of regulations under Phase 2, click here.

For movie theaters in Phase 3 counties, you’ll need to know the following:

Phase 3

  • Movie theaters in Phase 3 can operate at 50% capacity, or 400 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Parties of no more than 10 people are permitted to sit next to one another.
  • There is no household restriction.


Movie theater operators must still comply with safety and health requirements for all phases. Read the complete guidance here.