KAWARTHA LAKES-Highlands Cinemas in Kinmount will be closed for the second summer season in a row due to Coronavirus restrictions imposed by the province.
In a statement on their website, owner Keith Stata says the theatre would fall into phase three of the reopening plan, meaning they would miss most of the summer.
“Well here we are again, in what would have been our 42nd year, and we will lose another season. Being seasonal to open will take 5 weeks to prepare, and cost around $35,000.00, reactivating the insurance will add another $10,000.00. When we open it can’t be with seating restrictions since having 140 people in 550 seats per screening will not pay the bills or recover the re-opening costs. We would have had to open no later than July 1, since 75% of our revenues come from the period from July 1st to Aug. 15th. and looking at the Provinces re-opening plan, indoor Theatres will probably open with restrictions sometime in August. Most of the movies we needed to make money have been moved and the ones remaining will be streamed as well as being in Theatres which simply won’t work for Theatres.” said the statement.
The small, unique theatre has been a summer tradition for residents and cottagers alike for more than four decades. Thousand flocked to see the latest Hollywood blockbusters located in a village of only 500 people. The theatre is also home to a movie museum housing artefacts from the early days of film.
Stata has been fundraising to keep the theatre afloat and hopes to be back next year.
“If we do this right we should be able to re-open next year, but we have to open the first weekend in May 2022 under normal conditions, or that is the end of the line.”
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