Bow Tie Cinemas reopening its CT theaters June 17
The Ridgefield-based Bow Tie Cinemas said Friday it plans to reopen its Connecticut movie theaters on Wednesday, June 17, with classic favorite movies for $5, and enhanced cleaning and safety protocols.
New Hollywood films will be available as early as July 1 at regular prices.
The theaters reopening are Criterion Cinemas at Greenwich Plaza, Greenwich; Ultimate Majestic 6, Stamford; Ultimate Royale 6 and Ultimate Regent 8, Norwalk; Playhouse, New Canaan; Ultimate Marquis 16, Trumbull; and Criterion Cinemas, New Haven. The exhibitor also said its Landmark Square theater in Stamford will reopen on July 16, as renovations are underway to convert to an “Ultimate” location.
The Bow Tie Palace 17 & BTX venue in Hartford will not be among the Connecticut locations reopening, according to news reports this week quoting Bow Tie COO Joe Masher that the operating costs were out of line with revenue.
Classic titles that will be screening during the reopening period include “The Goonies,” “Grease,” “The Dark Knight,” “Wonder Woman,” “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory,” “Beetlejuice,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Pretty In Pink,” “The Addams Family,” “American Psycho,” “Chinatown,” “Superman,” “Purple Rain,” “The Harry Potter” franchise, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” for Father’s Day and more.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the exhibitor said it has instituted numerous new policies to keep its customers and employees safe and to comply with applicable guidelines. They include:
100% reserved seating in all auditoriums
Auditorium capacity limitations of 50% of available seating
A temporary waiver of all advanced ticketing fees on its website or mobile app
Selling seats in an alternating pattern so that each customer will have an empty seat on either side
Upgrades to its mobile app and lobby kiosks to allow for contact-free purchasing of tickets and concession items
Installation of plexiglass barriers at box office, concession and bar counter registers
Frequent cleaning of touch points throughout the day
Enhancements to nightly professional cleaning
Added social distancing markers and directional signage
Limitations on restroom and lobby capacities
“The safety and comfort of our guests and employees during this challenging time is our top priority as we reopen,” Bow Tie’s owner and CEO Ben Moss said in a news release. “Our teams will strive every day to provide a safe, clean and comfortable environment for our valued guests to enjoy the first class entertainment experience they’ve come to expect at Bow Tie Cinemas and we look forward to finally welcoming everyone back to the movies.”
Bow Tie Cinemas is a four-generation family-owned cinema company that owns and operates 25 luxury cinemas in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Colorado. Like Connecticut, theaters in Colorado are reopening on June 17.