Kentucky Theater making adjustments for reopening

Posted at 2:10 PM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 14:10:00-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Kentucky Theater confirmed they are preparing to open on June 1, but there will be changes as the staff aims to keep everyone safe.

"We are finding this to be a challenge and are not taking it lightly," Kentucky Theater Manager Fred Mills said in an email. "We approve of the guidelines set forth by Gov. (Andy) Beshear and applaud his leadership! We will do our part to comply and also to lead. We do have a plan. First, our number one priority is safety for both you the patron and our employees. I trust that you will be responsible, patient, and respectful as we navigate reopening, trying to keep everyone safe."

Changes being made are listed below.

-Staff will wear masks and gloves at concessions

-Staff will be checked daily for symptoms, including temperature checks

-Hand sanitizer stations

-Sanitizing wipes available

-Social distancing as folks wait for concessions

-Marked seating in auditoriums

-Accessible surfaces sanitized before every show

-Restrooms sanitized before every show

-Auditoriums sanitized daily

Mills also asked that patrons arrive 30-40 minutes before shows to purchase tickets, particularly if you intend to purchase anything from the concession stands.

"I anticipate our concession sales will take more time than usual and I hope that you will be understanding," Mills noted.

Patrons are encouraged to wear masks as they enter and exit the theater.

"Due to the postponement and unavailability of first run films by Hollywood, over the next month or so we will be running a number of pictures from various studios’ libraries and archives," Mills added. "Maybe you will have a chance to see one of your favorites! Our ever-popular Summer Classics will be returning, with multiple showings each week, as well as a number of films from the vaults."

"In conclusion, we ask for your continued support," Mills said. "I feel even in these trying times, “the show must go on!” for this community. I feel that together we can make this happen."