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Local movie theatres find creative ways to stay afloat

Posted at 7:24 PM, Oct 06, 2020

Local movie theatres are allowed to reopen, but with no new releases, some theatres are finding unique ways to bring movie-goers back through the doors.

Cineworld Group PLC said Monday that 536 Regal Cinemas in the United States will close on Thursday, but other local theatres are persevering.

John Roush, President of Park Cinemas in Paso Robles, says that although his theatre business has faced financial hardships, they are finding creative ways to stay open.

Roush explains that his theatre has been having "private screenings" where they will rent out the theatre to a "group of family and close friends."

The cost is $20 per person rate with a $200 minimum fee, and people can bring a DVD or Blue Ray of their choice to enjoy in the private theatre.

With San Luis Obispo County now being in the lower, red COVID-19 tier and theatres being allowed to re-open at 25% capacity, Park Cinemas plans to re-open to the public this Friday.

KSBY News reached out to other theatres in San Luis Obispo County to find out about their plans to re-open, but have not yet heard back.