A message from
Executive Director, Brett Bossard
For the first time since our founding in 1986, Cinemapolis has entered a prolonged hiatus. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we voluntarily closed the theater on Sunday, March 15, while keeping all employees on the payroll. We’re prepared to stay shuttered until it is safe for you and our staff to once again enjoy cinematic experiences together in the heart of downtown Ithaca. As our community continues to grapple with changes to daily life due to the global pandemic, I’m sure Cinemapolis will be facing many more challenges in the coming months. We’ll need financial contributions from movie-lovers like you to grapple with those changes and ensure our survival beyond the pandemic.
What HAS NOT changed is our mission: Encouraging central New York residents to explore the power of film to entertain, educate, and to celebrate the human experience. To that end, we’ve instituted new efforts like our outdoor screening series—Movies on the Backlot—and our Virtual Cinema program, offering new, first-run independent and international films for our patrons to view at home.
Cinemapolis values its role as one of Ithaca’s certified living wage employers. During this temporary closure, all Cinemapolis employees, including hourly staff whose schedules will be impacted, will continue to receive full pay.
While the doors are closed, we’re making modifications to your member-supported non-profit art house cinema to make it as safe as possible for when folks can come back to the movies – including all new touchless fixtures in the bathroom, PPE for staff (and patrons!), and other modifications to the lobby and ticket-buying experience to make sure everyone can be safely distanced while enjoying the best in independent film (and Ithaca’s best popcorn!). We’ve joined CinemaSafe, a program promoting protocols and guidelines developed and supported by leading epidemiologists to support a safe return to movie theaters. You can find more about all these important safety efforts at CinemaSafe.org.
These changes amount to unexpected costs, so now, more than ever, your support is needed. Making a tax-deductible contribution today will guarantee a future for our community cultural institution where the art of film serves to enrich people’s lives, to grapple with and illuminate contemporary issues, and, of course, to entertain.
I truly appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. I look forward to resuming business and welcoming all our Cinemapolitans back to the theater upon reopening!
With a contribution of $75 or more ($150 or more for a dual/family membership), you become a card-carrying member of Cinemapolis. Click here to purchase a membership and find out more about member benefits.
Tax-deductible donations can be made online using the form below, or simply sent to: Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green St, Ithaca, NY 14850.