After a lengthy hibernation that commenced with the closing of the theater in March of 2020, the Naro Cinema announces our reopening on Friday, June 4 with an initial weekend of an eclectic mix of some of our favorite titles from yesteryear. Thom, Tench, Theresa, Atlanta, and the entire Naro staff have all missed connecting with our tight-knit movie community and sharing in conversation and everyday good cheer.
Let’s keep in mind that the speedy implementation of vaccines has allowed us to once again gather and for businesses and schools to reopen. We encourage everyone to stay safe, and first get a vaccine before joining us for a showing at the Naro. In keeping with our community safety practices, our Naro management will continue to follow the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the voluntary CinemaSafe guidelines developed by the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), and all state and county guidelines.
And to help provide a safer environment throughout the building, the theatre has made significant improvements during its temporary closure – including a thorough lobby renovation and deep cleaning of the entire theater, along with up-to-date maintenance of our HVAC system including air return filters. Our projection equipment has been upgraded for our state-of-the-art visual and audio presentation.
We will continue offering our marquee rentals for celebratory messages and private movie party rentals of the theater, along with a selection of films to stream online from our virtual cinema offerings available on our website. These are the activities that have sustained us during our closing and we’re indebted to our patrons’ strong showing of support during a difficult time for us all. It feels good to finally make it to the other side of the shutdown. But let’s not forget all those who weren’t so fortunate to do so. And remember the multitudes of humanity living in the global south who have little access to modern medicine and vaccinations and must still endure the worst effects of the pandemic.
The world is learning the difficult teaching that all of life is deeply interconnected. Our process of awakening can be nurtured by great art and inspirational movies both new and old. We can once again congregate and experience movies together – a public event in a darkened theater with an audience that’s fully focused on the widescreen. The best cinema has the power to transport us into a collective dream. These are the kinds of films we will continue to seek out and program for the Naro.
And at long last… “It’s showtime, folks!”