Cinema sees boost in attendance

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Cinema Capitol’s re-opening has been a slow and steady process, executive director Art Pierce noted. Since late October, the two-screen independent movie theater located at 230 W. Dominick Street has presented mostly first-run movies four days per week.

Pierce said people have been cautious about going out amid a pandemic, but explains that movie theaters are actually good places to go if you feel the need to get out of the house.

“We can’t blame them. People are weary of being anywhere public. 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.”

Even though they had a slow start, the past week has picked up significantly, he noted. The Capitol’s annual “Cartoon Madness” show drew children and adults for a fun, nostalgic experience. Two new movies, “Blithe Spirit,” which is based upon Noel Coward’s classic 1941 comedic play, and the Academy Award contender “Minari” have also been popular. Both will play for at least one more week.

“I think the increase in vaccinated people has played a role,” explains Pierce. People feel safer going out now that they’ve had their shots so they’re starting to come back to shows. We’re also showing movies right now that people are especially excited to see.”

“Blithe Spirit,” rated PG-13, will play through Monday, March 1. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 4:15 and 7:15 p.m., Sunday at 1:15 and 4:15 p.m., and Monday at 7:15 p.m. This movie will include captions for the hearing-impaired for the Friday 4:15 and Sunday 1:15 show times.

“Minari,” rated PG-13, will also play through Monday, March 1. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 4 and 7 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 4 p.m., and Monday at 7 p.m.. The movie is mostly in Korean with English subtitles, but Friday’s 4 and Sunday’s 1 shows will be entirely captioned for those with hearing-impairments.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at www.romecapitol.com. Admission is $8, $7 for students and military; and $6 for Capitol “Friends.”

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