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The Flicks is back open: Here’s the plan

COVID-19 Idaho

Boise’s independent movie theater The Flicks quietly reopened late last month, after several months behind locked doors due to COVID-19.

The theater opened with the usual safety precautions. The dining room remains closed, but the small outdoor patio space remains open with limited seating.

The theater also started offering curbside video rentals and pickup of food from Rick’s Cafe Americain. Folks can call in and request a movie and food and drive to the theater on Fulton St. and pick it up.

For those who will watch a movie in person, the Flicks will show a set of new independent, foreign and art films. They also plan to show a classic movie each weekend, including Pulp Fiction and Jaws.

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Theater capacity will be held to 25%, and patrons can sit “as far from others as you wish.”

“We receive emails and calls every day from our patrons who are excited to see a movie on the big screen again,” Flicks owner Carole Skinner said. “People miss the experience of movie-going and having a fun outing. We have missed seeing our customers and they have missed us.”

Many national chain theaters remain closed amidst concerns about COVID-19. Boise’s Edwards theaters, owned by Regal Cinemas, remain shut down. The chain hopes to open at the end of the month. The Overland Park Cinemas in Boise was the first local indoor theater to reopen earlier this spring.

Correction: An earlier version of this story noted the patio was closed and theater capacity wasn’t limited. Updated to reflect correct information.

Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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