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Charles Theatre reopening a ‘few weeks away’

Some say the only true way to watch a blockbuster is on the big screen. This is about to become possible in the state of Iowa as Gov. Kim Reynolds okayed the reopening of movie theaters on May 22nd.

According to Charles Theatre Manager Karen Youngerman, the golden and art-deco-style movie facility is a ‘good couple of weeks away’.

Youngerman says the first and most pressing problem is going to be apparent in most theatres state-wide:


Youngerman says before the theater closed in March, they were planning on showing ‘The Call of the Wild,’ which could be an option in the near future.

Except before reopening, the theatre has a ton of protocols and safety measures to make sure are in place.

Sanitizing stations, glass shields for the concession stand and ticket window, and bathroom accessibility all easily make the short list.


Youngerman admits that if 25% or 50% capacity is the rule, the theatre will find it difficult to make even a slight profit. 


With the ticket prices at statewide lows and capacity rules in place, Youngerman says there is no way the theatre could license a newer movie.

The only way they could make this happen is by raising ticket prices, which she promises the theatre has no plans on doing.

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