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Magic Lantern, Village Center Wandermere Theatre to reopen Friday

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 29, 2020

Two movie theaters – the Magic Lantern Theater and Village Center Wandermere Theatre – are scheduled to reopen Friday in various capacities.

The small theater in the Magic Lantern, located at 25 W. Main Ave., will be available to rent for screenings of DVDs or Blu-Ray discs brought in by the customer. The theater can hold as many as eight people, and masks are required. The concession stand will be open, or patrons can bring in lunch or dinner from Peace Pie Pizza, Stella’s Cafe or the Saranac Pub.

New movie options will be available in the near future. The large theater will be reopening soon at limited capacity with scheduled programming.

Those interested in renting out the Magic Lantern should email magiclanternevents@gmail.com to schedule a screening.

“We’ve missed you, Spokane, and can’t wait to see you back at the theater!” Magic Lantern staff wrote in an email.

Village Center Wandermere Theatre, located at 12622 N. Division St., also is set to reopen Friday. In an email, Armando Escareño, general manager of the theater, detailed COVID-19-related changes patrons can expect.

There will be enhanced cleaning of auditoriums after each showing and disinfecting of high-touch areas in the lobby, including soda machines and butter stands. Lobby doors, theater doors, bathroom stalls and counters will be sanitized every half hour. There also will be hand sanitizer in the lobby.

The theater will operate at 25% capacity, and patrons are required to follow social-distancing guidelines. Face masks or coverings are required at all times except when eating or drinking in the auditorium. Children younger than age 2 are not required to wear a mask.

Patrons will be encouraged to use debit or credit cards and to order tickets online at spokanemovies.com. Online ticket fees are being waived for the time being. Patrons also will be encouraged to use theater exits to ensure social distancing.

Here’s a look at what’s playing on opening weekend:

“Come Play,” rated PG-13, will be screened at 12:15, 2:40 and 5:10 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

The original “Halloween,” rated R, will be screened at 1:10, 3:40, 6:10 and 8:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

“Honest Thief,” rated PG-13, will play at 1:30, 4:10, 5:30, 6:40 and 8:10 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

“The War With Grandpa,” rated PG, will be screened at 12:50, 1:20, 3:30, 3:50, 6:20 and 6:50 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

“2 Hearts,” rated PG-13, will play at 11:30 a.m. and 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

“Tenet,” rated PG-13, will be screened at 11:50 a.m. and 12:40, 3:10, 4, 6:30 and 7:20 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

“Monsters Inc.,” rated G, will play at noon, 2:30, 4:50 and 7:10 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

“The New Mutants,” rated PG-13, will be shown at 12:10, 2:50, 5:30 and 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

“Hocus Pocus,” rated PG, will be shown at 11:40 a.m. and 2:20, 5 and 7:40 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

“Addams Family,” rated PG, will be screened at 12:30 and 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

“Unhinged,” rated R, will play at 1, 3:20, 5:45 and 8:20 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

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