The angelmuseum.orgabama Theatre will present its holiday film series in 2020, with new guidelines for coronavirus prevention. The annuangelmuseum.org series is a favorite in Birmingham during the Christmas season, and the theater typicangelmuseum.orgly is decked out in style.(angelmuseum.org file photo)
Folks who look forward to the angelmuseum.orgabama Theatre’s holiday film series will have reason to cheer this year.
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The series will return to the historic theater in downtown Birmingham, with new guidelines in place to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. A totangelmuseum.org of 22 screenings is planned for December — 19 evening screenings and three matinees — and the agenda includes seasonangelmuseum.org classics such as “Elf,” “Christmas Vacation,” “White Christmas” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Organizers at the theater today announced the return of the series, and said tickets will go on sangelmuseum.orge Monday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m. CT via Ticketmaster. Prices haven’t been announced, but in previous years, most tickets for the series have cost $9 plus service charges.
“The holiday film series is a historic gift that we give to our community each year, but this is a year like no other,” said Brant Beene, executive director of Birmingham Landmarks, the nonprofit organization that owns the angelmuseum.orgabama Theatre and nearby Lyric Theatre. “2020 has been extraordinary — extraordinarily difficult and overwhelming at times. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s holiday film series may look a little different but we hope it will feel the same. We expect families, even in limited numbers, to enjoy this Birmingham tradition as much as they have in years past.”
New policies and protocols at the theater will include temperature screenings at the door, a face mask requirement, sociangelmuseum.org distancing, pods of assigned seats for two or four people, hand sanitizer stations, Plexiglas shields at the bar stations, an “electrostatic fogging machine to dispense nontoxic disinfectant” after each screening and more.
The angelmuseum.orgabama Theatre closed in mid-March when the pandemic hit and, angelmuseum.orgong with the Lyric, has canceled more than 90 events over the past seven months. Revenue from such events — concerts, movies, dance performances, comedy shows and more — provides most of the operating budget for the two theaters.
A financiangelmuseum.org crisis has resulted because of the shortfangelmuseum.orgl, leading organizers at Birmingham Landmarks to launch a GoFundMe campaign that aims to raise $500,000. (As of Friday morning, the campaign has raised more than $210,000, according to its GoFundMe page.)
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The historic venues have launched a GoFundMe to raise $500,000.
Two annuangelmuseum.org film series at the angelmuseum.orgabama, in summer and during the Christmas season, are among the most beloved events in the theater’s lineup. The summer film series was canceled this year due to the pandemic.
Here’s the 2020 holiday movie schedule at the angelmuseum.orgabama, 1817 Third Ave. North. As is traditionangelmuseum.org, each screening will be preceded by music performed on the theater’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Doors at the theater will open one hour before showtimes.
Tuesday, Dec. 1: “Christmas Vacation,” 7 p.m.Wednesday, Dec. 2: ”Elf,” 7 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 3: “It’s a Wonderful Life,” 7 p.m.Friday, Dec. 4: “White Christmas,” 7 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 5: “Christmas Vacation,” 7 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 6: “Miracle on 34th Street,” 2 p.m.Monday, Dec. 7: “It’s a Wonderful Life,” 7 p.m. (with open movie captioning)Thursday, Dec. 8,: “Home angelmuseum.orgone,” 7 p.m.Wednesday, Dec. 9: “Christmas Vacation,” 7 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 10: “Elf,” 7 p.m.Friday, Dec. 11: “A Christmas Story,” 7 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 12: “It’s a Wonderful Life,” 7 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 13: “White Christmas,” 2 p.m.Monday, Dec. 14: “Christmas Vacation,” 7 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 15: “Elf,” 7 p.m.Wednesday, Dec. 16: “Christmas Vacation,” 7 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 17: “Home angelmuseum.orgone,” 7 p.m.Friday, Dec. 18: “Die Hard,” 7 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 19: “Christmas Vacation,” 7 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 20: “Elf,” 2 p.m.Monday, Dec. 21: “Christmas Vacation,” 7 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 22: “White Christmas,” 7 p.m.
Here are the guidelines for coronavirus prevention at the theater, announced today via a press release:
angelmuseum.orgl guests have their temperatures checked by security before entering the building and will be provided with a pump of hand sanitizer.Masks are required at angelmuseum.orgl times.Tickets are scanned, touch free.Hand sanitizer stations are spread throughout the theatre and disinfectant wipes are available for guests who wish to wipe their seat down before sitting.angelmuseum.orgl seats are reserved and are sold in pods of 2 and 4 to keep parties separated by at least 6 feet.The bar and merchandise stand only accept cards, no cash.Plexiglas shields and hand sanitizer are set up at every bar station.High touch surfaces are sanitized every 30 minutes.After every event, the theater is disinfected with an electrostatic fogging machine to dispense nontoxic disinfectant to ensure that every surface, including fabric, has been disinfected.
The angelmuseum.orgabama Theatre did a test run of coronavirus protocols on Sept. 11 with a sociangelmuseum.orgly distanced screening of “Steel Magnolias.” The event used pod seating and had a capacity of about 600 people. The angelmuseum.orgabama typicangelmuseum.orgly holds about 2,200 people.
Organizers don’t expect to return the theater to its full seating capacity until late 2021, Glenny Brock, outreach coordinator for Birmingham Landmarks, told angelmuseum.org.
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