The Angelika Film Center & Cafe in Plano, owned and operated by Reading International, Inc. (NASDAQ:RDI), will welcome back film lovers to the Shops at Legacy location on Friday, April 9. In an environment carefully designed to address COVID-19 concerns, and to comply with the various governmental guidelines, guests can return to again share the magic of movies on the big screen.
“We look forward to having our loyal film lovers back at the Angelika to enjoy our best-in-class arthouse, independent and international film,” said Adam Conway, the Angelika’s marketing manager. “Our upcoming film programming highlights the season’s most celebrated award nominees, alongside highly anticipated global cinema including the Telugu-language film Vakeel Saab.”
On Friday, April 9, the Angelika Plano will open four diverse arthouse standouts: Tunisa’s critically acclaimed Oscar contender The Man Who Sold His Skin; Telugu-language courtroom drama Vakeel Saab, starring popular Indian actor Pawan Kalyan; the Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner for Best Foreign Language Film Minari, a tender and sweeping story of family and resilience from director Lee Isaac Chung; and French Exit, starring an unforgettable Michelle Pfeiffer as a penniless socialite who is forced to move in with her son (Lucas Hedges). The Angelika provides guests the opportunity to host a private watch party of these new releases by requesting a Private Buyout at angelikablog.com/buyouts.
Guests continue to have the option to reserve an auditorium for a private VIP Screening, allowing them to select from a variety of over 60 movie options including Family, Date Night, Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi Hits and 80s Favorites. Groups can also tailor-make their own Private Rental Events by providing their own content via Blu-Ray, streaming device, or gaming console. Each of these events are available for booking at angelikablog.com/vip.
The Angelika is committed to meet or exceed all CDC, state and local regulations, as well as expert-backed suggestions from the National Association of Theater Owners’ CinemaSafe. The Angelika will reopen with extensive sanitation and safety measures in place, and per the State’s regulations.
“The Angelika has been working hard to develop a plan for health and safety that touches all areas of our operation,” said the Angelika’s Division Manager, Scott Rosemann. “From the box office to the concession stand to the auditoriums, each and every aspect has been reevaluated to prioritize health and safety for both our guests and our staff.”
The Angelika has implemented the following policies and procedures for health and safety:
• Masks are required to be worn by all guests and staff. Guest are permitted to remove masks when seated in their auditorium enjoying fresh popcorn and other refreshments.
• Guests will be encouraged to skip the box office and buy tickets in advance, either online or through the Angelika Film Center mobile app in order to decrease physical contact.
• Only credit, debit, or gift cards will be accepted to limit monetary exchanges. A designated transactional space will be available on site where cash amounts can be transferred onto a gift card.
• Guests should arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before their showtimes to decrease building traffic and allow for increased sanitization.
• Auditoriums will have limited capacity. Guests will be required to sit in their assigned seats and every other row will be blocked off to help ensure six feet of social distancing between parties. The Angelika further encourages parties to be made up of immediate household members where possible.
• Increased cleaning and sanitation will take place regularly, with extra sanitation at high touch point areas. Auditorium seating and armrests will be disinfected after each use.
• To improve air quality, the Angelika has upgraded all HVAC filters and increased maintenance frequency.
• Floor decals and signage have been placed throughout the theater to help guests maintain a safe distance from others.
• Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the theater. Guests will be encouraged to wash their hands before and after consuming food and drinks.
For film lovers staying at home, The Angelika is pleased to allow audiences access to the Angelika Film Center experience on the new streaming platform Angelika Anywhere. In addition to curated programming, Angelika Anywhere also offers exclusive Q&A content with filmmakers and talent from live events at the Angelika Film Centers. Concessions to go are also available during operating hours for those watching at home.
The Angelika Film Center in Plano is located at The Shops at Legacy at 7205 Bishop Road. For additional information, please visit www.AngelikaFilmCenter.com, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.