The Cinematheque set to reopen its doors July 9, with 43 or fewer patrons

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      The Cinematheque is preparing to reopen its doors with new pandemic protocols in place.

      The arthouse movie venue says it will start having in-person screenings on July 9.

      The theatre says it will have a reduced capacity of 43 or fewer, depending on the seating configuration of each screening so that the required social distancing can be maintained.

      Patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance, but tickets will still be available to purchase at the door with distancing measures and dedicated lineup space. Online advanced seating reservations will be introduced at a later stage; until then an usher is assigned to help patrons select seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

      Visitors are encouraged to wear masks, as all theatre staff and volunteers will do throughout their shifts. Seats will be sanitized between each screening and an increased cleaning schedule will be implemented. There will be hand sanitizing stations throughout the venue.

      Until now, the Cinematheque has been providing virtual screenings--something it will continue to do alongside in-person screenings.

      The nonvirtual programming will include some of the titles from its spring program that were cancelled due to COVID-19 closure, including the retrospective Juraj Herz: In & Out of the Czechoslovak New Wave, and remaining titles from the UCLA Festival of Preservation Tour. A complete schedule for reopening screenings will be announced in early July. 

      Popcorn and other concession items will be on offer after the first week of screenings.

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