Uptick in virus cases postpones Charles Theatre reopening until July 31st

The virus count in Floyd County is 50; with 15 of those cases coming in the last 3 days. And this is forcing Charles City buildings to reclose or postpone their reopening. One of these is the Charles Theatre – which had a concrete plan of showing a movie on July 6th. Manager Karen Youngerman says the board made the decision to move the reopening date to July 31st.


Youngerman says upon reopening that patrons would need to wear masks around the theatre (except for their seats) and that the theatre would deep-clean the venue after showings.

She also said finding movies to actually show was a huge problem during the pandemic. Ideas were floated about re-showing a classic Disney film like ‘Deadpool’ or ‘Inside Out’. And buying the rights to a movie they were unable to show in March due to the shutdown like ‘Call of the Wild’.

Moving to July 31st will allow the virus situation more time to clear up – and allow the movie industry more time to release new films.


Youngerman says the theatre will continue to sell popcorn on Fridays. However, June 26th will be the last time that the service will be curbside.

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