The Colfax Theater is getting back into the mix.
After being closed for almost two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the theater officially reopened on the weekend of November 19. Over this weekend and last weekend, moviegoers had the opportunity to see “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”.
âThe theater board is really excited because we can get together again and start planning to get people back to the theater,â said Schuyler Enrichment Foundation vice president Zach Johnson.
The foundation had wanted to reopen the Colfax Theater, 314 E. 11th St., earlier this year, but had to delay this due to technical issues.
âWhen we wanted to prepare to reopen closer to the start of this year, like April and May, we ended up having issues with our projector that didn’t allow us to open,â Johnson said.
Officials had to find a new company to fix the project because the previous person who had done it retired, he added, which took them a while.
âThey serve a lot more theaters than our previous company did,â Johnson said. âSo it was more difficult for them to join us, but we are patched and we are operational again now. “
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Johnson noted that community members had commented on when the facility opened.
âWe had a lot of anxious people asking us regularly when we were going to reopen and when we thought we could reopen and things like that,â he said.
Throughout the theater’s closure, fundraisers were held to help cover regular costs such as utilities.
âWe did a few random popcorn fundraisers just to help offset some of our bills and the like,â Johnson said.
And the first night of November 19 seemed to be going well.
âWe had a pretty good opening night from the crowd,â said John Sayer, president of the Schuyler Enrichment Foundation.
âIt will take time to get back to the routine, to get the community used to going there. “
The opening hours of the theater will be at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays with a morning in the afternoon on Sunday at 2 p.m.
âClifford the Big Red Dog,â a live-action adventure comedy based on the children’s cartoon of the same name, will be performed at the Colfax Theater this weekend – December 3, 4 and 5. On the weekend of December 10, âEternalsâ, a superhero film set in the Marvel Universe, will air while on December 17 and 18, âNo Time to Dieâ is on the program.
Movie buffs will get special treatment on December 19 with the holiday movie “The Polar Express”. Participants can bring non-perishable food to the Colfax County Food Pantry, and entry for that day is free courtesy of the Schuyler Region Chamber of Commerce.
Suggested items to bring are spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, canned tuna, macaroni and cheese, ramen noodles, sugar, canned corn, canned beans, cereal, toilet paper and soap laundry.
For movie updates and to volunteer, visit schuylercolfaxtheater.com.
Hannah Schrodt is the editor-in-chief of the Schuyler Sun. Contact her by email at [email protected]