The executive director of Cinémapolis announced that independent movie theaters will reopen for public screenings on June 25.
Cinemapolis will once again be open for films, documentaries and special events.
Screenings will take place Thursday through Sunday throughout the summer, with showtimes and advance tickets available for purchase at Cinemapolis.org.
Following guidance from the CDC and state and local health departments, Cinemopolis has enhanced health and safety protocols that align with the CinemaSafe program. These include improved air filtration and fresh air intake for each theater’s isolated HVAC system, frequent disinfection of “high touch” surfaces, regular disinfection of each screening room, hand sanitizing stations throughout the cinema, and new hands-free taps, fixtures and Dispenser included. in all toilets.
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Additionally, all staff and guests in any common area of the theater will be required to wear face masks. Patrons can remove their masks while sitting in their screening room and enjoying a snack.
Seating capacity in each auditorium will be limited to 50% of the total capacity so that patrons can adequately distance their party from other guests. Showtimes will be further segregated to reduce the potential for overcrowding in lobby areas.
Because of these limited capacities and showtimes, Cinemapolis is encouraging patrons to purchase tickets in advance online.
Brett Bossard, Executive Director of Cinema, is delighted to welcome patrons to the theatre:
“The staff and I are excited to return to our Cinemopolitan safely enjoying movies the way they were supposed to be seen – on the big screen,” Bossard said, citing some pandemic-era repercussions. Will stick with programming as well. “We understand that some cinema fans may still stay away from the crowd for a while, so our virtual cinema platform will continue to roll out over the summer.”
The first weekend of in-person public programming is a mix-tape of the Cinemapolis staple: a pair of Sundance documentaries — “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It” and “The Truffle Hunters”; “Summer of 85,” a quirky romance from France that was a hit at the Toronto International Film Festival; the feel-good British drama, “Dream Horse”; horror-comedy “Werewolves Within,” presented in conjunction with Ithaca Fantastic; and a pair of special Pride Flix events featuring screenings of John Waters classics and pre-show parties with the cast of Ithaca’s Flame Night Fever. Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning “Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Couldn’t Be Aired)” arrives on July 2.
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