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Movie showings start Friday; mystery movie combos are still available for pickup.

PMG FILE PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Canby Cinema will open for regular showings after 11 months of creative activities to keep the business afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Movie lovers, rejoice.

Exactly 11 months after announcing its closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canby Cinema 8 said it is reopening its doors for regular(ish) business.

COURTESY PHOTO - The theater's first public showings of 2021 will happen Friday, Feb. 19 and include 'Wonder Woman 84,' 'The Croods 2,' 'News of the World,' 'Nomadland' and 'Marksman.'
The theater's first public showings of 2021 will happen Friday, Feb. 19, and include "Wonder Woman 84," "The Croods 2," "News of the World," "Nomadland" and "Marksman."

Call 503-266-8438 for showtimes or visit for showtimes and to purchase tickets online.

Clackamas County recently moved down from the extreme-risk reopening category to the high-risk category. With the change, indoor entertainment establishments such as theaters can allow 25% occupancy or 50 people total, whichever is smaller, according to the governor's office. They must close by 11 p.m.

The theater will not only be required to follow those occupancy constraints but also abide by other COVID-19 protocols such as mask usage, minimum physical distancing, provisions for hand hygiene and more.

But at least it will be open. Countless businesses have suffered amid the pandemic, but some sectors have been more restricted than others.

"We feel like there's hand selection of who gets to succeed and who doesn't," said Rachelle George, owner at the Route 99 Roadhouse bar that had its liquor license suspended for disregarding COVID-19 rules.

Theaters were one of a small number of business types that were closed for regular business during the entirety of the last 11 months.

Canby Cinema 8 announced its closure on March 17, 2020, and with no end in sight, the company came up with several ways to continue serving the community and bringing in revenue.

After about a month of closure, it began offering mystery movie combos including two large drinks, a tub of popcorn, two candies and a mystery movie at a cost of $20, plus a similar kids' combo for $10. With the reopening, the cinema said it will continue to offer these popular combos every day for curbside pickup.

"We love our customers," the company wrote on social media in May 2020. "Thank you guys for keeping us open through these tough times. We appreciate you all so much."

Then over the summer, the cinema teamed up with the staff at Clackamas County Fairgrounds and Event Center to offer showings at the fairgrounds' temporary drive-in theater.

The cinema also offered private showings when allowed during the closure.

Now, Canby Cinema 8's doors will swing wide open, and if Clackamas County moves down to the moderate-risk category, the company will be able to welcome twice as many moviegoers.

Kristen Wohlers
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