Playhouse Cinema reopens Friday with a stacked list of screenings

“Goonies never say die!” Hamilton’s independent movie theatre Playhouse Cinema will reopen on Friday with the first screening for over four months being the re-release of the iconic 80s film The Goonies

Over the Playhouse’s first weekend after it reopens, it will be featuring classic films as well as some movies that were scheduled to premiere during the lockdown. The first showing of The Goonies will then be followed by Do The Right Thing and a late night screening of Jaws on Saturday. 

Some of the 2020 releases that are scheduled to be screened include Blood Quantum and a timely documentary about US civil rights activist John Lewis. Next week includes screenings of Back to the Future, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Pulp Fiction, and The Booksellers

Movie theatres are some of the businesses that can reopen after Stage 3 comes into effect in Hamilton on Friday. Playhouse Cinema will be required to operate with new health and safety guidelines in place similar to other businesses that are already open. 

According to a post on the Playhouse Cinema’s social media, the theatre has reduced its maximum capacity by 82 per cent, installed plexiglass barriers at the box office and concession, and blocked off “no sitting” zones to ensure physical distancing in the theatre.

Playhouse Cinema will also be offering reduced show times as well as extended time between screenings in order to properly sanitize chairs, cup holders, arm rests, and other parts of the theatre. 

“We recognize that COVID-19 may be a fact of life for some time to come; however, this does not mean we should stop doing the things that are meaningful to us as long as we do them responsibly,” said the Playhouse management in a statement on Twitter. 

“Going to an independent cinema is a responsible way to enjoy ‘normal life’ and appreciate and support the local community at the same time!”

Maybe it’s a coincidence, or maybe it’s clever planning by the Playhouse Cinema staff, but the feel-good story of togetherness in The Goonies seems like an appropriate narrative for the reopening of one of Hamilton’s most community-minded independent theatres. 

Lead image courtesy of @playhousecinema

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