With movie theaters reopened, dedicated employees predict a major Hollywood comeback

When Amandla Bearden was hired as a guest attendant at the newly opened Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in downtown Los Angeles in July 2019, he was thrilled. “Any time you get to be around movies in any way, it’s a lucky day,” says the aspiring actor, who earned a master’s in drama at UC Irvine in 2017. … The Times spoke with six workers at theaters around L.A. about the difficulties their cinemas — and they themselves — have faced in the last year, the new post-pandemic normal and their on-the-ground view of the future of moviegoing.