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Marcus Theatres in Bloomington to offer 'vaccinated-only' screening option for certain movies

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Marcus Theatres is a multiplex on Bloomington's far west side.

Marcus Theatres in Bloomington will offer "vaccination-required" showtimes for moviegoers, starting Friday. Patrons will have the option of seeing movies like "Scream" with fully-vaxxed crowds.

Clint Wisialowski, senior vice president of sales and business development with Marcus Theatres, said anyone attending a vaccination-required showtime must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination by bringing their vaccine card or a photo of it along with ID.

Wisialowski said the goal is to ensure all moviegoers are comfortable.

“So, it’s not like we’re asking for people to mandatorily turn over their medical information. That’s not our goal. Our goal is for the people that do want to do that and they do want to be in an auditorium with others who want to do that, we’re simply giving them the option,” Wisialowski said.

Wisialowski said there will continue to be regular showtimes for all movies that will not require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for the general public. There will be a mix of vaccine and non-vaccine required showtimes to give people plenty of options in the following months.

“We would likely not enforce it across a building unless it was mandated. We really, really are trying to give customers, every single customer, the choice. They’re all important, and however they want to see the film, we want to be able to show it to them in that format,” Wisialowski said.

Anyone wanting to attend a vaccination-required show must be a minimum of two weeks out from the second Pfizer or Moderna vaccination shot or two weeks out from the Johnson & Johnson vaccination shot. If a child 11 years old or under is not fully vaccinated, they may not attend the showtime.

Wisialowski says people can go online or use the Marcus app to see which showtimes will require a vaccine.

Jordan Mead is a reporting intern at WGLT. She joined the station in 2021.