After months of offering drive-through popcorn for locals yearning for a taste of the movies during the COVID-19 pandemic, Yelm Cinemas re-opened on July 3. In lieu of new releases, the theater will offer a combination of recent popular favorites, kid-friendly films and classics.

Safety protocols are in place to make sure everyone has an enjoyable and safe time at the movies. Photo courtesy: Yelm Cinemas

“We want to do a variety of things that people will be interested in seeing,” says General Manager Noah Aden. “Our goal is to give people one more option to do something in the community where they don’t have to worry about huge crowds because we manage that part very well.”

To ensure public and employee safety, masks are required and just five of the eight available auditoriums are open, each at half capacity. Seating is spaced out between families or groups and heavily used surface areas such as door handles and countertops are sanitized every 30 minutes – sometimes more often. For the time being, the popular self-serve popcorn and soda area is not operating. All ticket prices are reduced, and the operating hours run from Wednesday through Sunday.

Upcoming films include “Iron Man” “The Goonies” “Trolls World Tour” “Grease” and “Jaws.”

“We’re going to have as many classic movies as we can,” says Aden. “We’ll have movies for parents that want a way to get their kids out of the house, a young adult movie and then things that would be cool to see in a theater that you might not normally get to see.” Anyone who has suggestions can send a message or make a comment on the Yelm Cinemas Facebook page.

Community response has been positive, he notes. “We’re requiring masks for customers and employees when you enter the building and people have been so awesome and understanding about that. I think they’re excited that we’re open and we’re making it as safe as possible to come to the movies.”

Learn more by visiting the Yelm Cinemas website.


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