As businesses across the country are feeling the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, a study from USA Today found that movie theatres have been hit particularly hard. In Englewood, the historic Englewood Cinema has persevered through the pandemic, as well as new ownership.
Once a popular spot for people to see a movie, the Englewood Cinema’s new owners said they have had to find new ways to get people in the door.
The cinema originally opened in the ‘70s and closed for four years. New owner, Cory Floyd, reopened it two years ago. Floyd said people do not know movies are playing at the historic cinema again.
“We’re here, we’re open and we’re just wanting you to come down and have a great time at the movies,” Floyd said.
To try and bring in revenue, Floyd decided to offer people the chance to see blockbuster movies for less than any other theatres around for $5. For $10 people could also get a large popcorn, drink and candy.
Floyd said owning the theatre is more than just watching a show, it’s a place where people can come together.
“I never though I would be able to do this,” Floyd said. “It’s beyond just, you know, watching a movie. It’s an experience for a lot of people.”
Beth Cooper said she had been coming to the cinema since she was a kid and called the cinema a hidden gem.
“I’m glad they’re open,” Cooper said. “Small businesses are important in town and I want it to be successful.”
Floyd told News Center 7′s Kayla McDermott that about 35 to 40 people come to the cinema on an average night, but the theatre holds more than 300.
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