A category of businesses hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 coronavirus closures has been motion picture theaters – especially neighborhood movie houses like the venerated Moreland Theater in Westmoreland.
However, as many who've passed the theater have noticed on its marquee, the theater is sort of open – for buying popcorn to take home on Fridays and Saturdays, from 4 until 9 p.m.
"The idea of selling popcorn and theater candy came up quite a while ago, when we first had to close," said the theater's Manager, Nick Kuechler. "It was successful at some of the multiplex theaters in our local group, and so we decided to try it at the Moreland Theater."
While it doesn't compare to being in full operation, he said, the response has actually been good. "It keeps people coming in, and gives 'hours' to some of our staff members.
"Interestingly, we're not selling anything that people can find in any number of stores; what it is, really, is folks coming buy to get some freshly-popped popcorn, say hello, and show that they continue to support the theater," observed Kuechler. "So, while we're looking forward to welcoming our patrons back to enjoy our movies again when it's safe to do so, we're happy the folks come by and say hello."
So, until it can reopen as a theater, Moreland Theater patrons can stop by and purchase hot, freshly-popped popcorn and theater candy on Friday and Saturdays, 4-9 p.m., to accompany their movie watching at home.
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