JAMESTOWN – If you have been craving that movie theater popcorn, we have good news for you. The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts is resuming their ‘Movies at the Reg’ series this week.
The first showing, which is a matinee, will play “The Croods: A New Age” Wednesday at 2 p.m.
“Even though it’s a limited capacity, it’s tremendous to be able to do this,” said Len Barry, the Director of Marketing and Communications at The Reg.
Barry says the theater has taken many measures to follow COVID protocols, such as blocking off every other row and creating pods where friends and families can sit.
He says they are also encouraging people to buy their tickets online ahead of time to encourage social distancing.
“We’re just trying to test out the waters for our community and get our patrons comfortable with going back to The Reg,” he said.
The theater will carry new flicks, as well as classic films on anniversaries or special occasions.
“We are able to show all but one of the best nominated films from the academy awards, and we’re working on getting that last one onto our schedule,” Barry explained.
The Reg will also be using the facility to benefit nonprofit organizations.
“Something we want to start up again is if something in one of our films ties in thematically with a nonprofit organization or group, we would like to offer our lobby space to them to have their materials out and to talk to patrons about what they do,” Barry said.
Barry says he knows, however, that some people don’t feel comfortable coming to movie theatres yet, and he doesn’t want to stigmatize those people.
“We want to say we’re ready for you when you want to come in,” he said.
This is the first large scale production the Reg has held since the COVID-19 shutdown last year after the state recently updated their guidelines for theater venues.
To see the full motion picture lineup, visit reglenna.com/movies.