The Movie Palace in Eliza­beth­­town and Showtime Cinemas in Radcliff have been closed for two weeks because of the challenges COVID-19 presents.

“We felt that for the safety and well being of our employees and community that we should do our part in trying to slow the spread (of COVID-19) down,” said Paula Boutwell, general manager of both theaters.

During a time when Holly­wood isn’t producing new movies, the theaters tried to be creative.

“Hollywood has been holding off on releasing new movies so at this time the only thing theaters have to offer were older films that the public has already seen,” she said. “TV has also being running most of the films so it will take new releases to get most of the public back to the theaters.”

The theaters showed movies for free and Boutwell said the public appreciated having a place to go to get their minds off the pandemic for a few hours. Children and family-oriented movies were most popular, she said.

“We also found the public was still a little gun shy of getting back out and resuming regular activities,” she said.

When the pandemic has run its course, Boutwell thinks Hollywood will resume new theater releases. “And the theatre industry will be back up and running,” she said.

Most major studios have push­ed back new release into the fall or until 2021. “Bill and Ted Face the Music” will be released in theaters and streaming in September. “Wonder Woman 1984,” “Black Widow” and the next James Bond installment “No Time To Die” are still slated for October and November releases but that could change. “Top Gun: Maverick,” “A Quiet Place Part II” and “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” are among the films move to 2021 release dates.

Crowne Pointe Theatre in Elizabethtown remains open, operator Rick Roman said. The theater currently shows discounted $4 films with social distancing.

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