On Wednesday, Wendy Huot, owner of The Screening Room, an arthouse movie theatre in Kingston, Ont., was in a controlled frenzy, with just a couple of days left until she showed her first movie in more than four months.
“Movie theatres generally do not close,” Huot said, explaining that prior to the pandemic, through nearly a decade of operation, she only closed once, for a major renovation in 2017 that took 11 days.
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Her theatre reopened Friday, but it wasn’t just about chasing the dust bunnies away, and putting up some plexiglass and floor markings so people know to stand six feet apart.
Ticket sales, as one example, needed a total makeover, because seats would not only be assigned, but spaced out. There are also looming questions about what movies to show, not least because new movie production has tapered off, but also because her theatre catered to an older audience — the exact demographic most at risk.