For the Little Theatre, which was celebrating its 91st anniversary on Saturday, it was like a birthday current.
“It is thrilling,” says Pukos. ” we’re glad to have the communication and to have some solutions to those questions that we have form of been ready for.”
When that Oct. 23 date rolls alongside, nevertheless, theaters may also should grapple with new rules and challenges to satisfy the requirements from New York State.
For one, theaters will probably be restricted to 25% capability, with not more than 50 individuals in entrance of a display screen at a time.
Alex Chernavsky of the Cinema Theater says that will not be an excessive amount of of an issue, at the least initially.
“Twenty-five p.c might be a doable quantity for us as a result of we’ve 290 seats and we anticipate that individuals could also be a little bit bit sluggish coming again, due to the concern,” he says.
Masks, social distancing between events, and assigned seats are going to be required. Theaters should even have enhanced air filtration techniques.
“We’ve been making ready for months,” says Chernavsky. “We changed all our air filters with what are known as MERV 13 filters, that are the type utilized in hospitals.”
Because of the help of the group, theaters just like the Cinema and the Little have been capable of hold going.
“Our clients have been supporting us through the shutdown,” says Chernavsky. “They have been shopping for books of film passes, they have been simply giving us outright presents, however we in all probability wouldn’t have been capable of final an entire lot longer with out being open.”
Each have been round for a very long time: the Little opened in 1929, the Cinema in 1914. Because of that help, they hope they are going to be round for a lot of extra.