FilmScene cinema closure update
UPDATE: May 20, 2020
While nothing makes us happier than welcoming audiences to our theaters, FilmScene will not be reopening our cinemas on Friday, May 22.
Today’s announcement by Gov. Reynolds that movie theaters would be allowed to reopen is a necessary step towards our eventual reopening. We will continue to monitor public health conditions, film availability and public confidence to determine the right opening date.
Iowa City moviegoers can rest assured that our team continues to prepare our facilities and develop policies for our reopening. Until then, we invite our members and patrons to explore our virtual cinema offerings, or take home a Friday night movie snack bundle.
We look forward to lighting up the big screen again when the time is right.
UPDATE: May 5, 2020
We miss you. Still. Yes, it’s been nearly two months since we last shared a movie together. As an organization that thrives on shared experiences, we can’t wait to welcome you back when the time is right.
So, what’s the update? In brief:
- Our cinemas remain closed indefinitely since March 16, until public health conditions improve.
- We are navigating anticipated revenue shortfall of $299,938 for the first two quarters of 2020.
- We are offering virtual screening opportunities, kid-friendly activities and take-home concessions to stay connected
- We’re grateful for your support by becoming a member, buying a gift card or making a donation.
All programming through May has been cancelled or rescheduled and we are currently determining the best course of action for our nine weeks of beloved summer animation camps set to begin June 8.
There is, however, some positive news. FilmScene has been provided with a $107,800 Paycheck Protection Program loan from the SBA. This program has allowed us to begin bringing our staff back to work and we anticipate our ten full-time staff members will return before the end of May.
We are now working on our recovery and reopening plan in anticipation of the time when we are able to welcome you all back to the cinema.
The Iowa City community has been an incredible support line during these difficult times. We are especially grateful for our members and we will continue to extend your memberships through this period of closure.
These are difficult times for us, as well as our neighbors in the arts, entertainment, retail and restaurant industries. We appreciate the shared community of the Iowa City Downtown Arts Alliance, Iowa City We’re In This Together, the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, the Art House Convergence and many others.
Moving forward, we will continue to focus on the long-term health of this organization and you can help us do that.
Your support of our Strengthen Grow Evolve campaign with The Englert Theatre enables us to continue building for a vibrant future. Work is on track to proceed in our new and historic venues, ensuring our facilities are prepared for a long-term future.
Your financial and emotional support, in addition to the carefully considered planning and preparations we are engaged in now, ensure that we will return with the strength to pursue our mission of enriching our community through film that challenges, inspires, educates and entertains for years to come.
Iowa City has proven to be a resilient community. We’ve overcome challenging times before and we will rise again. Soon, we hope that we can again gather with curiosity and compassion to experience the arts together.
Until then, be healthy and safe.
See you at the movies,