Despite movie theaters being included in phase two of Connecticutâ€™s reopening, which began Wednesday, one local movie theater decided to keep its patrons outside. Picture Show at Berlin started offering drive-in screenings of films June 5 and will continue to show outdoor movies until the company feels it can safely host people in its theaters without spreading the coronavirus.
â€śPicture Show is following the state and local guidelines and mandates very closely and we are preparing to reopen in the near future,â€ť Bria Naylor, marketing manager for Picture Show Entertainment, said. â€śWe are beyond thrilled to see restrictions lifted to allow cinemas to reopen this week, however, the new health and safety procedures required for us to open and provide the safest entertainment space for our guests and staff take time to implement and effectively train our employees.â€ť
The theater holds one nighttime screening Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets can be purchased on psdrivein.com with this weekendâ€™s features being Space Jam on Friday, IT on Saturday and Singing in the Rain on Sunday. Its Tuesday-night showing of Wonder Woman sold out.
Viewers are asked to park their cars at a safe social distance from other attendees and will be allowed inside if they need to use the restroom as long as they are wearing a mask or other face covering.
â€śThe health and safety of our staff and guests are always at the forefront of everything we do,â€ť Naylor said. â€śThe fact of the matter is these new guidelines are brand new to all businesses and take time to develop and implement. In the ever-changing environment we are currently living through, it is more effective for us to take the necessary care and time to prepare and develop these new procedures so our staff and guests can enjoy a seamless return to the moviesâ€ť
Upon arriving at the theater, guests can still purchase concessions on the same website and have them brought directly to their vehicle.
â€śPicture Show will have operational updates soon, but in the meantime we are running the drive-in experience until further notice to bring joy and entertainment to our community,â€ť Naylor said. â€śThe feedback and turnout so far has been overwhelmingly positive and this very well may be something we continue through the summer, even once we reopen for normal operations.â€ť