Belcourt Theatre reopens with reduced capacity

Independent theatre has been closed since March
Posted at 7:45 PM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 23:52:55-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — For the first time since March, the Belcourt Theatre opened its doors to movie buffs.

Regular patrons were excited to once again spend a Friday night at the movies.

"I just knew that I had to get in here and feel the energy of the opening day," said Betsy Coughlin, a longtime supporter of the Becourt Theatre. "Normally on a day this beautiful I would be outside, but I've got to get in there and see something."

The inside of the theatre has changed, as additional safety measures have been implemented to protect staff members and the audience.

Signs greet visitors reminding them to wear a mask and keep a safe distance from others. Patrons are encouraged not to linger in the lobby before or after films.

Films are currently being shown in two theaters - the 1925 Hall and 1966 Hall. As part of the new safety measures, theaters will be operating at reduced capacities of 17% and 22%. Throughout both theaters, seats are blocked off to ensure social distancing.

Amazon Nashville has provided support for the reopening. Upgrades were made to the theatre’s HVAC system. UV air scrubbers have been added, as well as improved central air and other filtrations, including increased outdoor air ventilation. Electrostatic misting equipment will be used for cleaning throughout the building, including on seats between every screening. In addition, the Belcourt’s lobby area and restrooms will be regularly cleaned.

Plexiglass now covers the box office and the concession stand. Patrons are encouraged to buy tickets online in advance. Limited concessions are available, but must be paid for with a credit or debit card. No refills are offered.

"We want to do it in a very careful, thoughtful way, and take care of all the details," said Stephanie Silverman, Executive Director of the Belcourt Theatre "That way, you can come in and watch the movie without worries."

The Belcourt is currently showing "Ammonite" which is directed by Frances Lee and stars Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, and the animated film "Wolfwalkers." Both will be shown for a week. Tickets can be purchased at Future movies will be announced soon.

The Belcourt will also continue its virtual film program through its website.