As soon as authorities announced that New York City cinemas could reopen on 5 March, Eric Thirteen was at his computer, ready to book tickets for the first film he could find.
Before the pandemic, the 34-year-old, an independent film director and producer, went to screenings three or four times a week. But he’s been largely homebound for nearly a year.
“It’s a huge vacuum,” he says. “I could see almost anything right now and I’d probably be thrilled.”
As cinemas reopen in New York – a key cultural capital in the US and one of its biggest movie markets – the film world is watching to see just how widely shared Eric’s enthusiasm is.