The Prytania Theatre, New Orleans's oldest cinema, reopened on Saturday, May 16, with social distancing protocols.
In an email, Prytania management said that the theatre will only sell tickets for 25 percent of its capacity. While the box office will be open, moviegoers are encouraged to order tickets online to reduce crowding while purchasing tickets. Markings will be placed six feet apart where customers should stand in line at the box office and concession stand. Loitering in the lobby before or after shows will not be allowed.
Masks are mandatory for entry into the building. Seniors and people with medical conditions should continue to stay home.
In between shows, management will deep clean all surfaces in the auditorium and again after closing. High-contact surfaces (door handles, countertops, faucets, railings) will be cleaned with medical-grade sanitizing agents at least once every 30 minutes.
For now, there will be daily showings of The Wizard of Oz at 4:00 p.m. and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone at 7:30 p.m.
Check the Prytania's website for info on movie showings in the upcoming weeks. Gift cards, t-shirts, and tote bags are also available on the website for those who want to support the locally owned business but are not yet comfortable going into a theater.