Even though movie theaters across the state have been given the go-ahead by the governor to reopen, the owners of Capitol II Theatre in Newton have decided to wait a week before unlocking its doors to patrons.
The historical downtown movie theater is planning to open by May 29.
However, restrictions will be put in place. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ proclamation said theaters must limit its total number of maximum patrons by 50 percent. Staff must also ensure singular customers or groups of customers are sitting six feet apart.
Self-service food or beverage provisions are prohibited. Theaters must also implement reasonable measures to increase hygiene practices and other public health measures to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission.
All other theaters and performance venues where live performances are held will continue to be closed, Reynolds’ proclamation said.
Since the statewide closures were enforced roughly two months ago, co-owner Dawn Bleeker has resorted to only selling popcorn and discount drinks to customers, rather than movie tickets.
The theater will still maintain this service; however drinks will no longer be set at a discounted price, operators of the local movie theater said in a Thursday Facebook post. Popcorn-to-go will be available any time the theater is open.
Capitol II Theatre’s carryout/curbside pickup is still available from 6 to 8:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday.
“Thank you everyone who has supported us through this shut down,” Bleeker said. “We were constantly reminded by emails, phone calls, in-person conversations and cravings for movie theater popcorn or ICEEs why we absolutely love our community and our amazing customers.”
Until first-run movies are released in July, the Capitol II Theatre will have “filler weeks” where customers can vote on what they want to see on the big screen.
Moviegoers can cast their votes at www.capitol2.com/vote_for_movies.
Contact Christopher Braunschweig at 641-792-3121 ext. 6560 or firstname.lastname@example.org