By Kaden Quinn
As businesses begin to reopen across the Show-Me-State, the Capital 8 movie theater followed suit recently while taking precautions to combat the spread of COVID-19. The staff is optimistic as they believe their efforts to resume operations will bring patrons back into their seats.
General Manager Erin Cox details the new measures the theater is taking to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
“We have our managers and staff that are required to wear masks,” Cox said. “We have extra cleaning in-between (movies) and we have longer times between each movie to allow more cleaning – not only just in the concessions and in the bathrooms, but in the auditoriums, too.”
According to Cox, the theater has installed shields, a sanitation station, and are thoroughly wiping anything people touch.
After acquiring new ownership, Capital 8 has been doing their best to bring in audiences. The movie theater has since moved toward showing previous released films for audiences to enjoy due to the delay in new releases. Cox believe that audiences will become more responsive as new movies are released.
“Well, New Mutants came out this weekend and so did The Personal History of David Copperfield,” Cox said. “So, we have two new movies coming out this weekend and then Tenet is coming out next weekend, but we’re also playing Jurassic Park, Jaws, Shrek, Talladega Nights and some of the older movies. It was really slow when we started but now I’ve noticed with the new movies people are coming out more.”
Cox said that patrons have not only been affected by the absence of films, but theater popcorn as well. She also mentions how the patrons are reassured about the theater’s reopening through their sanitization efforts.
“People are really excited that we’re open, they just want new movies instead of old movies,” Cox said. “We have had a lot of people stop by just to get popcorn. Apparently, people are missing popcorn a lot, but we seem to have a positive outcome of people coming in. They’ve noticed that we’re sanitizing more and have more sanitizing stations, so they seem to be positive about us opening.”
Capital 8 is located at 3550 Country Club Drive at the mall in Jefferson City.