Two local movie theaters reopen

Studio City Mesa on Friday morning.
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Casper movie theaters have been closed for months. Studio East and Studio City Mesa's doors reopened Friday.

"We've been looking forward to this day for awhile," said WyoMovies Owner, Craig Hosey.

Hosey said they are excited about getting back into business and getting things rolling, he also said they hope people are ready to come back to the movies.

The theaters will have a handful of safety guidelines in place including: encouraging those who are sick to stay home, social distancing, staff wearing masks, a crew who will clean seats and handrails before shows and sanitize other public areas, and a seat gap between groups that do not know each other.

WyoMovies will not have access to new movies until July and the films they will be offering have been submitted by the community. The majority of the shows will be $5.

"We decided to throw it out there to let the people kind of decide what kind of pictures they wanna see. If we're not able to play a new product then what movies of classics would you like to see, and so we got a nice wide range and variety of pictures that are gonna be coming out in the next couple weeks until we can get some new product in here," said Hosey.

Hosey said like most businesses, the pandemic had on effect on them. He said the curbside popcorn service helped during the closure and he hopes the community comes out to support the theaters.

"We are fortunate enough to be able to carry through this period. I'm not sure we could go much longer but we'll be able to carry through this period and hopefully people will engage us again and come back to the movies," said Hosey.

Hosey said the theaters themselves will be operating at around 50 percent capacity and they are encouraging the community to book their tickets online because of seat availability.

Hosey said WyoMovies wants the community to know they can feel safe when they come see movies and are open to all concerns people may have with their operations.