Shuttered Movie Theaters Reopening As COVID-19 Vaccine Sites

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After making the difficult decision to temporarily close all Stone Theatres locations due to COVID-19, the North and South Carolina cinema chain has reportedly converted its theaters to vaccine sites according to Variety. For an industry that was forced to get creative due to the pandemic restristrictions (including AMC allowing small groups to rent out theaters), this is a nice symbolic shift that hopefully can help us move along to the next chapter of the coronavirus.

“This allowed us to go from administering a few hundred vaccines a day to about 1,300 a day,” Carolyn Fisher, New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s director of marketing told Variety.

Theater operator Dale Coleman called this arrangement “the perfect situation” because the chain has been empty for months and they have “plenty of parking and a huge lobby.” Local residents make staggered appointments, check in at the box office (which now hands out medical forms instead of selling tickets), and get their vaccine shot. Coleman said transforming his theater into a vaccine site was “fairly easy to accomplish.”

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