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Rio Theatre hoping to reopen in July

Last Updated Jun 14, 2020 at 1:15 pm PDT

(Courtesy CityNews)

Vancouver's Rio Theatre is hoping to reopen in July

People will need to be spaced three seats between one another, but if you're from the same household can sit together

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — During the pandemic, going to an actual sit-down movie theatre with popcorn seems like a distant memory. However, a local theatre is hoping to fire up the projector in July.

Corinne Lea, the General Manager of the Rio Theatre, says the iconic Vancouver venue might feel different as it’s being re-worked to accommodate new social distance guidelines.

“We’ve measured it out, and it’s about three seats in between everyone,” she says.

But if you’re attending with people you live with, you will be allowed to sit together.

“It’s a little tricky because there has to be a radius to like you can’t be three seats apart and then have someone sitting right behind you. So that’s going to be our challenge is trying to figure out, the metrics of it all.”

The iconic theatre normally seats 420 people, but Lea says that people may notice more free elbow rests thanks to social distance guidelines.

“I think people will be excited to just get out of the house and see a film on the big screen,” she says.

In 2018, The Rio was close to closing but raised millions of dollars to remain open.

“It’s been a very, very strange time,” she says.

“You know we fought really hard to save the Rio, and then along comes a pandemic and shuts us down, which is not something we ever imagined could happen.”

But Lea says she is eager for things started up again.

“Our focus once we reopen is going to be on movies,” she tells NEWS 1130.

“It may take a while for live shows to come back so, we’re going to be having some fun with with our film programming, and we’re excited to share that with, with the real fans.”