Dear Friends, Supporters & Followers of Sisters Movie House:
Following on the recommendations of local, state and Federal authorities for helping to reinforce “social distancing” and reducing the risks of further contagion, Sisters Movie House temporarily closed its doors on Monday March 16th. We did so voluntarily, and a full week before the state's mandated "shelter in place" went into effect.
Now that it has, we of course will be legally bound to stay closed until the order is lifted. We had hoped to possibly re-open as early as May 1st. But as Dr. Anthony Fauci likes to say: "this virus is calling the shots" and in our case, we also have to listen to state, county and local health authorities.
Texas and Georgia may be re-opening movie theaters this weekend (not that we think they are ready to do so). But we will not be. And we don't expect to be open for at least another 6-8 weeks, to be completely honest about it.
Our best "guesstimate" at the moment is a date on or around July 1st (give or take a week or two). We certainly hope, at the very outside, to be open in time for Christopher Nolan's Tenet on July 17th, to be quickly followed by Disney's postponed release date of Mulan on July 24th. We're also looking at opening in the weeks prior to this with a potential array of repertory films (and to get the outdoor cafe' going for those summer rays!) for those of you that may be champing at the bit (with apologies to our friends at the Rodeo).
Many of you have reached out during this time to express your concern for the health of our business & asking how you can help. First, we should report that we think we are in a decent position to weather this setback but of course, much depends on how long it lasts. We are investigating some of the so-called "stimulus" support on offer from the Federal government, but also husbanding our capital to make it through this. For the most part, we think we will be OK as long as you all make us a priority for visiting when the lockdown is lifted and we are open again and you are all shaking off your cabin (not COVID) fever.
However, if you do wish to do something in the interim and you are either not yet a member of the Sisters Movie Club, or you might consider purchasing a membership for a loved one, now is a great time to do so. Just click on the Sisters Movie Club tab at the top of this page for more information and to sign up. Memberships WILL be adjusted to activate for a full year from whenever we re-open.
For now, please do what you can to support all of the few & mighty Sisters businesses that are still open right now, and please stay healthy! With quite a few movie release dates moving to the end of the summer & beyond, we look forward to a very "loaded" line-up when we finally return.
In gratitude - #SistersStrong!
Drew Kaza & Yee Cheng