More good news for the arthouse scene, Laemmle Theatres is reopening six of its eight Los Angeles -based cinemas on April 9.
This includes the long-awaited brand new seven-plex in Old Town Newhall up in Santa Clarita, CA. Longtime general managers are being rehired with new and returning staff members being trained.
In compliance with the CinemaSafe protocols developed by the National Association of Theatre Operators, Laemmle Theatres will be refitted with safety measures — including enhanced ventilation systems, reserved seating to ensure physical distancing, plexiglass barriers, hydrogen peroxide fogger machines, hand-sanitizing stations, plentiful personal protective equipment, and devices to make customer/staff interactions contact-free.
The historic chain, which opted not to sell during the pre-pandemic, and remain family-owned, will reopen its Glendale theater in May and its Town Center in Encino even earlier, pending resolution of lease negotiations.
“It’s been a tough year on so many fronts,” said Greg Laemmle in a statement “If you had asked me in March of 2020 whether we could survive being closed for over a year, I would probably say that it would not be possible. And yet, here we are. We’ve received some support from the government via the PPP program, […]