FilmScene cinema closure update
UPDATE: July 20, 2020
The intermission continues.
One month ago we were optimistically planning a public reopening of our cinemas, but the weeks since that time have been filled with increasingly challenging news.
Our amazing FilmScene community continues to help us through this difficult time. You have watched our Virtual Screening Room films from home, ordered Friday night curbside concessions, sent us donations of all sizes and kind words as well. We can’t thank you enough for your support.
So as we look to get back to the movies, what does the future hold?
FilmScene is closed indefinitely in response to elevated COVID-19 case numbers in Johnson County and surrounding areas. We will not reopen to the public until we see consistent and sustained improvement. These are difficult decisions, but we embrace our responsibility as a community leader to make hard but necessary choices.
Box office and concessions sales typically make up 70% of our revenue, but the movie industry continues to delay release dates. The traditionally strong summer movie season is nearly wiped out. The excitement and crowds of Oscar season are also in danger.
In the coming months we will need your support more than ever.
If you are in a position to join or renew as a FilmScene Member, mark your calendar—August is Member Month. If you want to make a pledge to come back to the movies in the future, you can order a gift card for yourself or a friend. If you can make a donation, we appreciate your generosity at any time.
We have made it through four months of closure with minimal losses thanks to your support, federal loans, state and local grants, and cost reductions. All the while, we have continued to provide health benefits for all full-time employees and ensured staff have been compensated through continued employment or robust unemployment benefits thanks to the CARES Act.
As federal support expires in the days ahead we will encounter new challenges, but we will continue to be nimble and find the path forward through these difficult times, together.
Reopening may be delayed until fall or later. But, with your help, we are confident we will get back to the movies.