A popular Boston-area movie theater is ready to reopen after being closed for more than a year. WBZ-TV's Rachel Holt reports.
ANARIDIS RODRIGUEZ: Coming soon, the reopening of the Coolidge Corner movie theater in Brookline. The neighborhood favorite has been closed for more than a year because of the pandemic.
PAULA EBBEN: But as more people are getting vaccinated, the owners feel it's time to welcome film lovers back to the movies. WBZ's Rachel Holt shows us the new precautions to keep everyone safe.
MARK ANASTASIO: We're very ready to be welcoming audiences again. And it's going to be a real relief to see people coming through the doors.
RACHEL HOLT: For the first time in over a year, the doors at Coolidge Corner Theatre are set to reopen to the public on May 13, with safety precautions in place.
NICK LAZZARO: People will purchase their tickets online in advance. They can get reserved seating. And when they do that, the-- the purchase process will actually buffer a physical distance zone around you.
RACHEL HOLT: During the temporary closure, the historic Brookline theater did what it could, offering virtual screenings, private rentals, and outdoor events.
KATHERINE TALLMAN: We literally revamped our entire website to be able to accommodate virtual screenings. Now we have the virtual screening room.
RACHEL HOLT: But from the start, it was clear the community was eager to return to the theater. CEO and executive director Katherine Tallman saying throughout, donations and words of encouragement came pouring in.
KATHERINE TALLMAN: We miss you. Hang in there. We love you. We're with you. We can't wait to come back. And it made me so aware that we are not alone in this.
NICK LAZZARO: It's amazing that we're still here.
RACHEL HOLT: To start out, all public screenings will take place in the largest theater, which has 440 seats, and shows will be limited to 15% capacity.
KATHERINE TALLMAN: I really expect that we'll have 68 seats sold in every show that we offer and that there will be a lot of smiles and a lot of teary eyes.
MARK ANASTASIO: A movie theater is such a wonderful place to begin that process of getting together again, experiencing things collectively. And it's-- it's going to be-- it's going to be magic.
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RACHEL HOLT: For WBZ News, I'm Rachel Holt.