Every time we walk into the Drexel, we’re greeted with a sign that still flashes showtimes from March 15, 2020 —the day we closed. We could have changed it at any time, but somehow, those 14-month-old showtimes became a reminder of better days past and hope for better days ahead.
Those better days have at long last arrived, and we’re happy to announce that on Thursday, May 27, our iconic marquee will be lit, the popcorn will flow, and the doors will open wide once again as the Drexel Theatre finally reopens!
This will be a phased reopening, initially offering just four showings per day, Thursday through Sunday only. We will utilize just two theatres at 25% of capacity, so we strongly encourage you to pre-purchase tickets online. Tickets can also be purchased at the door if still available. Masks will be required unless actively eating in the theatres, and congregating in the lobby will not be permitted.
We’ve upgraded our HVAC with state-of-the-art ionization and air filtration systems, installed hand sanitization stations outside each theatre, and constructed plexiglass barriers at the concession stand. Be assured the health and safety of our patrons and staff is our top priority!
Programming will continue to focus on independent art house films with select family friendly and blockbuster entertainment carefully curated throughout. In addition, we’re working on several repertory programs with classic films, film festival selections, and yes, the return of The Room.
Details are coming soon, but for now, we just couldn’t wait to share the news!
Also, we’re encouraged by the Governor’s recent announcement lifting pandemic health orders as of June 2! As the reopening progresses, we will continue to monitor CDC guidelines, consult with local health officials, and evaluate patron confidence levels, implementing changes in safety protocols when appropriate. And we’ll be sure to let you know right away.
It’s been far too long, and we can wait to see you!