Mt. Shasta theater to show classic movies starting Friday
After almost three months of being shut due to COVID-19, Coming Attractions Theatre in Mount Shasta plans to reopen this Friday, June 26 with already released movies, including “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Back to the Future,” “Jaws” and “Jurassic Park,” as well as the more recent movies “1917” and “Trolls World Tour.”
The first movie that's being released in theaters only is the Russell Crowe flick, "Unhinged" on July 10, described as "a psychological thriller that takes something we've all experienced - road rage - to an unpredictable and terrifying conclusion."
For the time being, the Mount Shasta theater will be open Friday through Sunday for afternoon and evening showings for $5 a ticket, said Coming Attractions Theatres' Director of Operations Mark Murin.
Face coverings are required when entering and exiting the theater, when approaching the concession stand, and any other time physical distancing cannot be maintained. In addition, staff members will help guests maintain social distancing, with seating of at least two seats apart in all directions for non-family members as a requirement.
Murin said other imminent releases include Disney's "Mulan" on July 24; the Christopher Nolan film "Tenet;" and "The Outpost," which will be in theaters as well as video on demand on July 31.
Murin said the company is showing older movies until the wheels of Hollywood releases turn again to "remind people we're still here" and recoup some of the losses the company has incurred since the pandemic forced theaters across the country to close in March.
"We went from income, to no income," he said, adding that last year was a good one. Revenue was up over the year before until COVID-19 struck.
When asked if the Mount Shasta theater is in danger of closing, Murin said the company is doing all it can to survive.
Coming Attractions Theatres operates 18 small theaters in California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska.
On its website, Coming Attractions Theatres assures guests that employees are taking all the necessary precautions to keep staff and guests safe.
According to cattheatres.com the theater has updated its facilities to meet COVID-19 regulations. They remind guests to wash/sanitize their hands frequently, practice social distancing, and to stay at home when feeling sick.
For showing times check out Mt. Shasta Cinema on Facebook, visit their website cattheatres.com, or call the theatre directly at (530) 926-1818.
Siena is a Mount Shasta High School junior and an aspiring writer. She is interning for the Siskiyou Daily News and Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers over the summer as part of the Upward Bound Program.
Skye Kinkade contributed to this report.