Cinema Capitol deals with pandemic


It’s been a rough year for movie theaters, including our downtown Cinema Capitol. But things are looking up.

Executive director Art Pierce recently noted that people have been cautious about going out amid a pandemic, but explained that movie theaters are actually good places to go if you feel the need to get out of the house.

Since late October, the two-screen independent movie theater located at 230 W. Dominick St. has presented mostly first-run movies four days per week.

“We can’t blame them...” Pierce said. “But there have been no cases of the virus linked to theaters, as far as we know. We’re limited to 25% capacity so there are not many people in the auditorium to begin with. They are all facing the same way, are at least six feet apart, and usually have masks on. The Cinema is thoroughly sanitized before each show, including restrooms, doorknobs, and seats.”

Pierce noted that the annual “Cartoon Madness” was a hit. Also popular were “Blithe Spirit,” which is based upon Noel Coward’s classic 1941 comedic play, and the Academy Award contender “Minari.”

As some degree of normalcy returns, it looks like the Cinema Capitol is ready to forge ahead.


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