Stamford's Avon Theatre reopening its doors June 26

"Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory" will be among the first movies screened when the Avon Theatre reopens. The 1971 film stars the late Gene Wilder, a longtime supporter of the Stamford showplace.

“Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” will be among the first movies screened when the Avon Theatre reopens. The 1971 film stars the late Gene Wilder, a longtime supporter of the Stamford showplace.

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The Avon Theatre announced today it is reopening for in-person moviegoing on Friday, June 26.

During the month of July the movie house will operate on a Thursday-through-Sunday schedule. Each weekend it will be presenting a mix of classic films, family-friendly matinees and new releases.

The Avon, a purveyor of independent, documentary and foreign-language films, said in light of COVID-19 it’s “eager to welcome our patrons back, but since nothing is more important than their health, our building has been sanitized and we have established protocols to ensure that everyone can comfortably and safely come back to the movies.”

The theater released the following guidelines.

 Masks are required to enter the theater.

 To ensure social distancing, seating will be limited to every other row and every third seat between groups.

 The staff will be using an infrared thermometer to check the temperature of all patrons, respectfully asking those with a fever to come back when they are well.

 To minimize lines and contact, patrons are asked to purchase tickets online in advance.

 The theater said it appreciates the use of credit cards for purchases of refreshments at its concession.

 The time between screenings will be extended to enable thorough cleanings throughout the day.

Here’s the film schedule for the reopening weekend:

 “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” Saturday, June 27, 3:30 p.m.; Sunday, June 28, 3:30 p.m. The late Gene Wilder, who was a longtime Avon supporter, stars in the 1971 family-friendly musical based on Roald Dahl’s original book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

“The Big Lebowski,” Friday, June 26, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 27, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, June 28, 7:30 p.m. Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi star in this 1998 cult classic comedy crime caper from the Coen Brothers with a plot that pivots around a case of mistaken identity.

“The Trip to Greece,” Friday, June 26, 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 27, 4 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, June 28, 4 and 8:00 p.m. This new release is the fourth installment is a series from director Michael Winterbottom. Comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon retrace the path through Greece taken by the ancient hero Odysseus.

Here is the film schedule for July:

 Weekend of July 2-5: “The Goones” (1985), family-friendly matinee; “Jaws” (1975), a summer classic from director Steven Spielberg; “Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), another Spielberg blockbuster; and “John Lewis: Good Trouble,” a new release.

 Weekend of July 9-12: “The Muppet Movie” (1979), family-friendly matinee; “Singin’ In The Rain” (1952), Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds star in the classic musical; “Grease” (1978), the highest grossing movie musical of all time stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John; and “First Cow,” a new release.

 Weekend of July 16-19: “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” (1985), family-friendly matinee; “Chinatown” (1974), neo-noir film starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay; “Casablanca” (1942), classic Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman film won the Academy Award for Best Picture; and “The Truth,” a new release.

 Weekend of July 23-26: “Back to the Future” (1985), family-friendly matinee; “Rear Window” (1954), Jimmy Steward and Grace Kelly star is classic Alfred Hitchcock film. “Psycho”(1960), another Hitchcock classic; and “The Painted Bird,” a new release.

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