STEUBEN COUNTY, N.Y. (WETM) – Corning’s Palace Theatre is reopening after nearly a year of being closed due to COVID-19.
The Palace Theatre announced on social media that they are reopening on Saturday, Feb. 27, but movie times have not yet been publicly set.
“I’m extremely excited,” said Tiffany Ely, Owner of Palace Theatre. “Once I posted it on Facebook last night, everybody was going crazy and was so happy so it was great to see the reaction was excited as I was for everybody to come back.”
No movies have been scheduled for Regal’s Arnot Mall location. 18 News has reached out to the Arnot Mall for comment on when the theater might reopen.
In October 2020 Governor Cuomo announced reopening guidance for movie theaters with 25 percent capacity but no more than 50 people for each screening. Theaters in Steuben and Chemung County, among others, were not allowed to reopen at the time due to COVID-19 zone restrictions, which have since been lifted.
Theater-goers must abide by the following guidance set by New York:
- Masks will be required at all times except when seated and eating or drinking.
- Assigned seating will be required in all theaters.
- Social distancing between parties will be required at all times.
- Additional staffing will be required to control occupancy, traffic and seating to ensure compliance.
- Enhanced air filtration, ventilation and purification standards must be met by theaters.