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Thursday, July 30, 2020
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STAYING ATTENTIVE of the judge is Gothenburg’s Helene Keiser during the Elite Showmanship competition at the Dawson County Fair on Saturday evening. COURTESY-PHOTO

The Lexington Majestic Theater board of directors announced plans this week to reopen the theater on Aug. 21. Theater manager Amy Pepplitsch noted they will have a delayed celebration of the Majestic’s five-year anniversary and plans are to show the film “Pitch Perfect,” which was shown when the renovated theater opened in June of 2015.

Show times will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, and Saturday, Aug. 22. For the time being there will be no Sunday or Wednesday showings, she said.

The reopening will also mark the debut of the theater’s new projector. “The projector installed in 2015 had been having problems before the COVID-19 shutdown and we have been told the life expectancy for that type of technology is about five years. So we used the shutdown to order and install the new system,” said Pepplitsch.

There will be some changes in order to follow Phase III of the state’s directed health measures for Twin Rivers Public Health District. First, seating will only be at 50 percent of capacity, so only 80 patrons will be admitted per showing with every other row in the theater roped off.

Second, all patrons age 5 and over will be required to wear a mask when entering the theater and while moving through the lobby, aisles or using the restroom and when exiting the theater. Patrons will be screened at the door for masks and the line will be sociallydistanced with six-foot markings on the sidewalk outside the theater. If a patron forgets a mask there will be a limited amount available at the door. Once patrons are seated they may remove their masks if they so desire, but if they leave their seat will be requested to put the mask on again.

There will be concessions, but to ease congestion in the theater lobby, patrons will receive an order sheet at the door that they mark and hand to concession volunteers who will fill it and deliver it to the theater. Payment for tickets and concessions will be conducted at the same time to save traffic and time. Traffic patterns in the theater will be marked to also help promote social-distancing.

Other cleaning measures being implemented are cleaning restrooms half-way through the movie and again at the movie’s end. A sanitizing fogger has been ordered to use following each showing and concession volunteers will be masked and gloved when filling and delivering orders.

Following the reopening weekend plans are to show “Trolls World Tour” on Aug. 28 and 29. Check the theater’s Facebook page and watch your local paper for the September movie lineup. Pepplitsch noted it may be several weeks before the theater can show first-run movies again, as the movie industry works to catch up from the COVID-19 shutdown in editing films.