After months of closures due to the coronavirus pandemic, Alamo Drafthouse will begin to reopen a few of its locations, including one in Austin, the company announced Tuesday.

The Slaughter Lane location of the Austin-based cinema chain will reopen on Aug. 21, according to a news release. The reopening dates for the other area Drafthouse theaters were not released.

Drafthouse also announced that its theaters will be the "first place in the world" to screen "Bill & Ted Face the Music," via "early free screenings" on Aug. 26. Drafthouse also plans to screen upcoming big releases "The New Mutants" and "Tenet" and themed series of older repertory films.

The company released a plan for pandemic safety procedures in June. It laid off an unspecified number of employees in July.

Drafthouse follows several major cinema chains like Cinemark, Regal and AMC in reopening indoor screening rooms across the country and in Austin. Some smaller operators in the Austin area have done so, as well. According to Tuesday’s news release, Alamo Drafthouse will reopen "close to half its locations across the country over the next two weeks."

Currently, Texas movie theaters "may operate up to 50% of the total listed occupancy of any individual theater for any screening," according to state regulations.


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