In response to the recent confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Tompkins County, and out of deep care and concern for our wonderful cinema community, the board and leadership of Cinemapolis has made the difficult decision to close the theater indefinitely. All scheduled programming is cancelled until further notice.
This decision has been reached after much deliberation and in acknowledgement of the theater’s role as a regional destination. Cinemapolis, which draws customers from a 50-mile radius and beyond, is a community gathering place with regular high-volume foot traffic.
Despite having recently implemented precautionary measures including increased sanitation and reduced seating capacity, cinema leadership believes the best course of action at this time is a temporary closure. By voluntarily closing, Cinemapolis is prioritizing the health and safety of customers, staff, and the community at large, including vulnerable populations.
Given the recommendations from the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control, and the Tompkins County Health Department about social distancing, this is the most responsible and prudent action to protect the well-being of our community and staff.
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 affected, will continue to receive full pay.
Throughout the closure, Cinemapolis will continue to accept memberships and financial contributions. However, please be aware that that delivery of membership cards may be delayed due to current circumstances. Your support is especially appreciated during this time and will help the cinema to reopen with minimal disruption as soon as it is prudent to do so.
Cinemapolis appreciates our community’s patience and understanding during this time. We look forward to resuming business and welcoming all our Cinemapolitans back to the theater upon reopening!