Film buffs flocked into Los Angeles-area theaters this weekend, eager to turn the page on the pandemic that forced them to spend a year watching movies from home.

“I didn’t even care what movie was going to play. I just wanted to get back to the movies,” said Ken Ruiz, 52, a computer programmer and part-time stand-up comic who, on Friday, bought a ticket to see Walt Disney Co. ’s latest animated film “Raya and the Last Dragon” at the company’s famed Hollywood theater El Capitan.

The theater, a historic treasure that opened in 1926, is on one of Los Angeles’ busiest thoroughfares, Hollywood Boulevard. At it, and other theaters in the city, masks are required, spaces have been sanitized, concession vendors sell everything prepackaged from behind plexiglass and capacity is limited to 25% or 100 people, whichever is less.


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