The Movies Are Back After a Three-Month Closure
It’s finally time to fire up the projectors and fill those popcorn bags again. The Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock will reopen on Friday, June 19. They will show Trolls World Tour, I Still Believe and Back to the Future.
Most studios have pushed back the release date for new movies. Until then, the Dietrich will bring classics like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, Footloose, The Breakfast Club and Ghostbusters back to the big screen. They look forward to showing first runs like Unhinged, Mulan and Tenet later this summer.
“We are working on making sure that your trip to the theater is as safe and as normal as it once was,” said General Manager Ronnie Harvey.
Masks will be required, and high-touch surfaces will be disinfected regularly. The theater will operate at 27% capacity to meet social distancing guidelines.
Seating will be limited, so the theater recommends purchasing advance tickets online.
The Dietrich Theater also serves as the Wyoming County Cultural Center, a nonprofit that hosts art classes, children’s programs, open mic nights, seasonal film festivals and other events. They typically serve over 80,000 people and offer over 350 classes each year.
The statewide closure dealt a financial blow to the theater. They sold curbside popcorn and rented out the marquee the keep it afloat. They also held a pasta dinner fundraiser with Samario’s Pizza, which raised $5,400.
“As for the community, we have been showered with support, and it is very heartening to know that our little theater means so much to so many people, including local businesses,” said Harvey.