'See You At The Movies': Music Box Theatre To Reopen Friday With New Guidelines

WBBM Newsradio Staff
June 30, 2020 - 10:52 am

WBBM Newsradio/Steve Miller

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Music Box Theatre announced Tuesday that it will reopen its doors Friday, in compliance with guidelines provided by the CDC, the State of Illinois, and the City of Chicago.

To kick off its reopening this weekend, the Music Box Theatre be playing a film "that demands to be seen on the big screen" - 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY in 70MM. Daily screenings will be held in Theatre 1, with a maximum capacity of 50 people, and the theatre will be reinstalling its extra-wide 70MM screen for this presentation.

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The theatre also be opening JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE, the new documentary which chronicles the life and career of the legendary civil rights activist and Congressman. JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE will play in Theatre 2, with a maximum occupancy of 18 people. JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE will also be available to watch in the Music Box Virtual Cinema, beginning Friday, July 3.

And on Friday and Sunday, the theatre will be playing the '90s teen slasher I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER under the stars in the Music Box Garden.

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In order to ensure safety of its guests and employees, the Music Box Theatre has put some new and precautions in place.

New theatre procedures include: 

  • Masks will be required for entry and in the lobby. Mask wearing is strongly encouraged, but may be removed upon seating in the lounge, garden, or either of the auditoriums.
  • Ticket purchases must be made online and in advance.

The theatre asks that guests do not enter if they are experiencing any COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms.

To keep guests safe, the theatre will open at reduced capacity and offer socially distanced seating in both theaters. The Main Theater will seat 50 patrons and the Screening Room will seat 18 patrons. There will also be socially distanced seating in the lounge and garden.

All Music Box staff will wear gloves and masks for the duration of their shifts.

There will be social distancing markers placed at the concession stand and lounge bar; and there will be no self-service stations. All popcorn and soda refills will be given in a new container. In addition, there will be plexiglass dividers at the box office, concessions stand, and lounge bar.

The Music Box Theatre will implement frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces and restrooms to be cleaned every half hour, and right before and after seating opens up for each showtime. Seats and armrests will be cleaned between each movie screening and there will be staggered movie start times to encouraged social distancing. The theatre said there will also be nightly antimicrobial fogging of the auditoriums.