FilmScene Health and Safety Guidelines


FilmScene at the Chauncey is open for public screenings in Theater 1, 2 and 3 at 50% capacity, at FilmScene on the Ped Mall in Scene 1 at 50% capacity and in The Screening Room with reduced seating.

FilmScene’s health and safety precautions are guided by trends in CDC Public Health Recommendations and current county Community Transmission levels, updated every Friday.

CURRENT STATUS: Johnson County is currently at HIGH as of December 2021.

  • FilmScene will implement distanced seating in theaters with reduced 50% capacity.
  • Masks mandatory for all patrons and staff in public spaces, strongly suggested in theaters.
  • Flexible at home work is encouraged when practical. Meetings with outside parties will be conducted with masks on if indoors. Indoor meetings will be masked in public spaces.

Mindful Mondays

Beginning in January of 2022, Mondays at FilmScene will feature expanded Wellness Checks at all showtimes. Attendees at Mindful Mondays will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination card in accordance with our Wellness Check guidelines.

Our staff is fully vaccinated and we encourage vaccination as a public health policy. We are proud to offer these Mindful Mondays as an option for those patrons who seek extra precautions.


FilmScene Special Event COVID-19 Wellness Checks for Patrons

For select special events, as indicated on a film’s event page, patrons are required to wear face coverings and must also present a 72-hour (or less) negative COVID-19 test for each individual attending the event. We will accept documentation of a vaccine card in lieu of a negative COVID-19 test. This policy will be enforced at special events, as indicated, until further notice.


Expanded Health Policies for Special Events

FilmScene encourages vaccinations for all guests, embraces masking as a public health tool, and requests ticket buyers stay home and request a refund if exhibiting symptoms of illness.
Certain special events, which may include 100% capacity screenings, filmmaker visits, or catered receptions, will include additional wellness precautions.


About Our COVID-19 Safety Policy

During this period of ongoing fluctuations in public health status, FilmScene is implementing additional wellness policies for special events to ensure viability. Such policies are necessary to confidently proceed with these events. We appreciate the ongoing commitment of our patrons and community to a positive public health environment as we navigate these challenging times.


Current Refund Policy

All requests for refunds will be honored during this time.

What FilmScene is doing to keep you healthy

Staff health and safety
Regular wellness checks and frequent hand-washing for all staff.

Full in-theater cleaning
Using both fabric-grade sanitizers and hard surface sanitizer for our theater seats, wiping down all handrails, doors and surfaces.

Facilities enhancements
FilmScene at The Chauncey has upgraded HVAC for MERV-13 filtration and increased outside air flow. Plexiglass installed at points of sale and concessions.

Enhanced restroom cleaning
Full regular cleaning of our restrooms with frequent spot checks.

Box office cleaning
Sanitizing box office area, including kiosks and payment portals.

Social distancing measures
Ample time between showtimes to separate large crowds and floor spacing in line.

Sanitizer on site
Hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and disposable face masks for our patrons.

Low-touch transactions
Advanced online ticketing, single-serving containers instead of glassware, credit card swipe accessible outside of staff contact.

Healthy moviegoing
Our goal is keeping you safe and comfortable in our theater, let us know how else we can help!

How you can help keep us healthy. Please...

Stay home if sick
If you are feeling ill, exhibiting a cough, fever or other signs of sickness, please notify our managers.  We will give you a full refund so you can return at a later date.

Order in advance
Book your seats online to skip the line.

Go before you go
Reduce your bathroom visits by using the restroom before you leave the house.

Masks required
Following CDC guidance, FilmScene currently requires all patrons to wear masks in the theater when not actively eating or drinking.

Seat yourself
While in the theater, stay in your specified seat.

Ask for help
Notify a manager for all in-theater disturbances or if someone is exhibiting signs of sickness (excess coughing, etc), we are happy to help.

Keep it brief
Arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before your show and promptly leave the lobby area after the movie to reduce lobby crowding.

Be nice!
We're all adjusting to the return to regular operations and we appreciate kindness and empathy with other patrons and our staff.


FilmScene is a mission-based nonprofit and our members and donors are the lifeblood of what we do. If you can support us by making a donation or by becoming a member, we are grateful.

We will continue to innovate and adapt as our cinema comes back to life. We have ideas for the road ahead, and if you do too, please email us at

Thank you Iowa City, for continuing to support us and the arts community.

At long last, we’ll see you at the movies again,