Bow Tie Cinemas Criterion Cinemas 11 & BTX to reopen on Friday, Dec. 18

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Exhibitor now boasts two of the only movie theaters open for the holidays in the Capital Region

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (Dec. 10, 2020) — Bow Tie Cinemas is pleased to announce that it will open its Criterion Cinemas 11 & BTX in downtown Saratoga Springs on Friday, Dec. 18, ahead of the holiday season. The Criterion shares a re-opening date with the previously announced Movieland 6 in Schenectady. These theaters will be two of the only multiplexes open in the Capital Region during the holiday season.

The Criterion and Movieland will play brand new Hollywood releases like Wonder Woman 1984, Tom Hanks’ News of the World, Monster Hunter and more. Tickets for Wonder Woman 1984 are now on sale and other holiday movies will be available for purchase in the coming days at and on the Bow Tie mobile app.

Customers of both locations will be able to host a Private Movie Party for up to 20 guests in the comfort of their own auditorium. The private screening is a fun and safe way to return to the movies in a secluded space with friends, family, and proper social distancing. A Private Movie Party can be easily booked on Bow Tie’s website for as low as $99.

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bow Tie Cinemas has instituted numerous new policies to keep its customers and employees safe and to comply with applicable guidelines. They include:

  • 100 percent reserved seating in all auditoriums
  • Auditorium capacity limitations of 25 percent of available seating
  • A temporary waiver of all advanced ticketing fees on its website or mobile app
  • Selling seats in an alternating pattern so that each customer will have an empty seat on either side
  • Upgrades to its mobile app and lobby kiosks to allow for contact-free purchasing of tickets and concession items
  • Mandatory wearing of facemask for staff and customers in all parts of the theater unless consuming food and beverages in their seat
  • Installation of plexiglass barriers at box office and concession
  • Frequent cleaning of touch points throughout the day
  • Enhancements to overnight professional cleaning
  • Added social distancing markers and directional signage
  • Limitations on restroom and lobby capacities

Bow Tie is also one of the hundreds of exhibitors participating in the CinemaSafe NATO initiative. There have been zero cases of COVID-19 transmission or spread from a movie theater nationwide. The chain has safely re-opened select theaters in Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Virginia over the past few months.

“The safety and comfort of our guests and employees during this challenging time is our top priority as we re-open. Our teams will strive every day to provide a safe, clean and comfortable environment for our valued guests to enjoy the first class entertainment experience they’ve come to expect at Bow Tie Cinemas and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to the movies,” said Ben Moss, CEO of Bow Tie Cinemas.

A reopening message from CEO Ben Moss and COO Joe Masher can be seen here.

For a full list of safety protocols and procedures, visit For any questions or comments, please feel free to email

For more information about Bow Tie Cinemas, visit


About Bow Tie Cinemas: Bow Tie Cinemas is a four-generation family-owned cinema company headquartered in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Bow Tie Cinemas owns and operates 25 luxury cinemas in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, and Colorado.

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