By Drake Vittitow
Free movie nights are making a comeback.
Seven months have passed since students were told to quarantine in their homes due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Fast-forward to now and the entertainment industry is still searching for a foothold in this new world we live in.
New rules and regulations have limited all forms of entertainment. The NBA is operating within a bubble. The MLB are playing in empty stadiums. Both pro and college football remain a question mark.
The entertainment industry is no different.
Production has begun for many companies, but they are operating under strict guidelines. Movie theaters have just begun to open back up, which begs the question, will free movie nights be coming back?
“We are in the process of working with Cowley Cinema 8 to reconvene free movie nights,” Anjaih Clemons-Williams, director of campus life, said. “At the moment, due to COVID-19, there are limitations that are preventing us from starting up again. However, we are in constant communication with the theater and their corporate office to ensure that we can start movie nights again.”
Clemons said that every possibility is being considered, including hosting movie nights outside on the SC lawn.
“I was really glad to hear that movie nights might be making a possible return,” Cooper Pierce, business administration junior, said. “whether it be at Cowley or on the lawn, you will see me sporting a mask getting ready to enjoy myself for a couple of hours.”
Since its recent reopening, Cowley Cinema 8 has been playing a mixture of both new releases and classics. Its busiest nights are free movie nights. If free movie nights were to be held at the theater, be cautious that not all new movies might be showing at small, regional theaters.
“I hate that some movies won’t be accessible at Cowley,” Jake Haertl, business administration senior, said. “I have been looking forward to seeing ‘Tenet’ sine the first trailer released and I don’t know if I want to risk driving to the bigger theaters in Wichita like the Warren just to be at higher risk of getting COVID-19.”
Cowley Cinema 8 is helpful because the crowds are rarely full. Having free movie nights will change this commonality, but with the rules and regulations that the theater enforces, it will help combat the large draws that free movie night brings.
“We will consider movie nights back at Cowley 8 when they feel it’s safe enough to accommodate such a large group,” said Clemons. “I believe students would feel comfortable as well as long as safety precautions, such as social distancing and capacity changes, were in place and provided to all students beforehand.”
Students will have to wait in thew wings for now, but movie nights are on the comeback, and they will be back before you know it.