Wednesday 2 December, 2020

MovieTowne to reopen on Wednesday, surprises in store for patrons

Pictured: MovieTowne, Port of Spain.

Pictured: MovieTowne, Port of Spain.

MovieTowne patrons can rest assured that all safety and sanitisation protocols are in place for the cinema’s reopening on Wednesday.

Cinemas and theatres across T&T shut their doors mid-March amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19 in the face of the global pandemic. They are permitted to reopen this week, in accordance with guidelines set out by the Ministry of Health.

MovieTowne Chief Executive Stefan Chin said patrons can expect the same movie-going experience they’ve grown accustomed to over the years, albeit with enhanced protocols.  

He said it will be a transitional phase and will take some getting used to.

He told Loop News that there are a few surprises “here and there” in store for Wednesday’s opening, including welcome back specials.

Not wanting to ruin the surprises, Chin said moviegoers should come out and enjoy a movie and the mystery specials.

While there have been no new movie releases owing to the pandemic, patrons can expect a combination of some recent movies and the possibility of some popular, older movies.

He said a decision was taken to reopen on Wednesday rather than today to ensure that staff was properly trained and the cinema was ready to open its doors to patrons.

Some of the adjustments of the “new normal” include: modified seating arrangements, hand sanitising stations, and signs and markers to remind patrons to stand six feet apart. Ushers will be on hand to monitor the auditorium to ensure patrons adhere to these guidelines.

Chin’s father, MovieTowne owner Derek Chin, is eagerly anticipating the cinema’s reopening.

He recently returned to T&T from Miami where he was seeking medical treatment.

Chin was in good spirits and spoke briefly on his health, saying that he is doing well and getting lots of rest.

He said one of his all-time favourite movies, released in 2000, is in the line-up along with a classic from 1975.

He said MovieTowne has adhered to the necessary protocols, but he’s looking forward to a return to pre-COVID-19 times.

“I don’t think we are under any threat of COVID-19 but we do still need to be careful.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed that things will settle by July.”

He assured that MovieTowne has done its best to ensure that all patrons and staff are safe, in keeping with the Ministry of Health’s guidelines for reopening for cinemas and theatres.

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