After closing its three theaters per health and safety orders from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and the state department of health, the Esquire, Mariemont and Kenwood theaters are ready to reopen.
DeWine gave indoor cinemas the go-ahead to reopen on June 10. And this local indie trio has said it is ready to hold its soft reopening the weekend of June 19-21.
"We are as anxious as you are to get back to the business of watching movies! We want you to know that we take your and our employees’ health very seriously and have looked to the Ohio Department of Health for guidance," the theaters' management said in a statement. "We will have limited screens and showtimes as we all get back into the groove and are working hard to create and review policies that will provide the safest practices and environments for our patrons and staff."
The procedures and policies they list include:
- Temperature checks upon entry
- Guests wearing masks while "moving about the theatre"
- Providing personal sanitizing materials
- Social distancing in the theaters themselves with three seats between parties and seating every other row
They haven't released a film schedule yet or their full policy list but say they will do so soon.
While the theaters were closed, they offered digital ways to connect, online screenings and take-out movie theater popcorn.
The Esquire also used its marquee to send encouraging messages in the middle of quarantine.