For the past year, the idea of going to a movie theater and sitting in a dark room for an extended period of time with strangers eating popcorn has seemed like the worst of pandemic nightmares.

But as restrictions around the country ease and more people get vaccinated, you may be ready to trade your streaming service for the big screen. Major movie theater chains have reopened. And with the highly anticipated films “A Quiet Place Part II” and “Cruella” releasing this weekend, now might be the time theaters start making a comeback.

Here’s what you should keep in mind if you’re considering a trip back to the movies.

What to know

  • What do experts say about the risk?
  • What kind of safety protocols are theaters taking?
  • Should I bring my children to a movie theater?
  • What movies are coming out that I might actually want to see?
  • I’m still not ready. Do I have to go to the theater to see these films?
  • What about concessions?