County officials gave their approval on Thursday.
Los Angeles movie theaters have been cleared to reopen next week, although capacity will limited at 25 percent.
The county’s department of Public health said on Thursday that cinemas, along with certain other businesses, will be allowed to once again welcome customers in the coming days.
The announcement came several days after, under California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s reopening plan, the county moved from the purple tier to the less-restrictive red tier after the number of COVID-19 cases eased, meaning that movie theaters can reopen by the March 19-21 weekend.
Los Angeles, along with New York City — where theaters reopened last weekend — are key to any box office recovery.
Once New York and Los Angeles theaters are back in operation, film distributors will begin to feel comfortable releasing their big-budget tentpoles. However, studios will want to see capacity grow to 50 percent.
The larger Los Angeles market provided nearly 9 percent of all box office revenue in 2019, while the New York DMA turned in 7.4 percent.
At present, roughly 45 percent to 46 percent of the theaters in North America are operational, according to Comscore.