Dear Friends, Supporters & Followers of Sisters Movie House:
Since we didn't take Latin at school, the first time we heard this phrase "annus horribilis" was when it came from the Queen.
Yes, Queen Elizabeth. The year was 1992 and we were living in the UK at the time. She of course, was referring to the collapse of three marriages in the Royal household, plus a fire at Windsor Castle.
Well, we're happy to report no marriages collapsing in our families and also no fires in the vicinity of our homes - or Sisters Movie House. But we all know what the last year hath brought us - and it wasn't good. Yes, a "horrible year" describes it pretty well.
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 of the infamous pandemic year of 2020. We did so voluntarily, and a full week before the state's mandated "shelter in place" went into effect. Within days, the rest of the US (and the world) had followed suit and "going to the movies" was largely impossible (except for a handful of drive-ins).
A year on, Deschutes County and most of our state is seeing rapidly falling Covid numbers and encouraging progress with vaccines. We think we can see the light at the end of this tunnel - and for once, it might NOT be an oncoming train again (as long as everybody behaves themselves).
With that in mind, we are making active plans to be back with you before the beginning of May. Stay tuned for more precise details to come. [When we do re-open, we will do so safely. You can learn more about our protocols here.]
In the meantime, we continue to seek assistance to make up for the financial beating we've taken during this time. Care to help? First, if you don't know already, find your legislators here. Then, tell them how much Sisters Movie House (or your favorite local cinema) means to you, and how we need Oregon's help. Please ask them to support HB 3376 - the Oregon Save Our Screens Bill.
Second, and with our return looking imminent, please consider a membership in the Sisters Movie Club. Just click on the Movie Club tab above for more information and/or to register. Remember, all new memberships will be set up to commence from the date of our re-opening, and existing memberships also adjusted to allow for all the days shut. Also any existing gift pack certificates that expired in 2020 will be honored for another year. Also any SMH gift cards in your possession have NO expiration date and can be used for their full value as well once we are back open for business.
Third, stay safe, get your shots and plan to see a movie with us in May. We are looking at a very good (if still tentative) film line-up and also some fun changes to our menu with the "grand re-opening" in mind.
Until next month -
Drew Kaza & Yee Cheng