The Castle Theatre reopens Wednesday, July 15, with a limited schedule and seating, complying with recommended Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on social distancing.
The theatre will be open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m.
The theatre will provide space between guests and groups of six feet, including seat selection at the time of ticket purchase. Capacity will be limited to 80 admissions per show to ensure proper social distancing. Groups of nine or less may sit together, having seat assignments made at the time of ticket purchase.
Ticket sales allow either sales from the box office or online. New ticketing software will automatically mark off three seats on each side of a purchased ticket to ensure social distancing. The theatre is providing an usher to help with seat location.
The online ticket option allows for contact-less ticket processing. Those purchasing tickets this way will need to print their ticket, allowing them to bypass the box office the night of the show and proceed directly to the usher. An additional 50 cents-per-ticket will be charged for purchasing tickets online.
Masks are encouraged but not required, especially in the concession and restroom areas. All Castle Theatre staff and volunteers will be wearing masks. In addition, partitions have been placed at the box office and the concession area.
Patrons are asked to place concession orders at the east register, then proceed to pick up the order at the west window. For Castle refills, a new cup and new bag will be given to patrons. No Castle Theatre tins or extra popcorn bowls may be brought into the theatre.
The kids’ summer movie series has been canceled.
Castle Theatre officials will follow health and safety cleaning protocols with additional cleaning procedures between shows. Staff will also disinfect commonly touched surfaces several times throughout the show.