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Cinemas Are Back Open (with Limits)! Here’s What’s On, What’s Coming, and How to Book

Aug 12, 2020 | 16:00 Wed
It’s been a while since we’ve seen the silver screen. Now it’s back. With limitations, yes, but it’s a move in the right direction. What type of limitations? No tickets sold at the door, social distancing in the seating chart, a moratorium on 3D films, and mandatory ID registration. But that’s tempered by at least two big blockbusters that look likely to launch in the first week of September. Hit the jump for all the regulations and to see what’s playing!


Gotta buy tickets online. No tickets sold at the door. One way to do this is through Mao Yan — “Cat Eye” — which is already a Mini Program in your WeChat (猫眼电影演出). Access it through WeChat Pay and then scroll to the Movie Tickets with the red cat symbol.

Social distancing in the seating. The seating plan is already adjusted to leave space between movie-goers, with spaces in-between single people and double spaces on either side of couples.

You have to give up some info. Registration is mandatory to buy tickets, including your full name, a Chinese ID or passport, and your ID number.

Temperature checks at the door. Mandatory mask wearing throughout the entire movie. And no popcorn (or any other food or drink) in the cinema.

The Movies Currently Showing


Big Hero 6



Doctor Dolittle

Ford v. Ferrari


Jojo Rabbit

Mia et le Lion Blanc

The Meg

The Pursuit of Happiness

Sing Street

Sonic the Hedgehog


The Big Blockbusters Coming Soon (Tentatively September 4)

Mulan and Tenet

Out this Weekend (August 14)

Abominable, Bad Boys for Life, and Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone

Out in August

Onward (18th), Trolls 2: World Tour (21st), Little Women (25th), The Current War (28th), and Inception (also the 28th)

Looking for cinemas in Shanghai? Click here for the SmartShanghai Directory.


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