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Fairchild Cinemas in Moses Lake to reopen

by CASEY MCCARTHY
Staff Writer | February 19, 2021 1:00 AM

Fairchild Cinemas in Moses Lake will reopen its doors to the public once again for weekends only.

The movie theater, at 233 N. Block St., reopened briefly in the fall for two weekends, but was forced to close its doors again due to COVID-19 restrictions.

It is allowed 25% capacity and face protection is required for patrons starting Friday. Movies showing at the theater are “The Croods: A New Age,” “The Little Things,” “Marksman,” “Monster Hunter” and “Wonder Woman 1984.”

Theater manager Andrew Jenson said showings will be Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays as a way to help keep costs affordable for the theater. He said he hopes to remain open longer this time, after a brief stint of showings last fall.

“It’s nice to be back working again and to have the theater open,” Jenson said. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to be open longer this time. But yeah, it’s exciting to have the theater reopen again.”

He said he’s hopeful to open seating capacity more once COVID-19 regulations ease. Tickets can be purchased before showings online at fairchildcinemas.com, and patrons are encouraged to get tickets online to ensure they’ll have a spot.

“Twenty-five percent capacity, that’s not very much,” Jenson said. “It’s possible for a movie to sell out rather quickly so we encourage people to go online and buy tickets there just so they have them and don’t have to worry about if showings are available.”

If people want to buy tickets when they arrive at the theater, Jenson said they’re welcome to do that, too.

Casey McCarthy can be reached via email at cmccarthy@columbiabasinherald.com.

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Casey McCarthy/Columbia Basin Herald

Fairchild Cinema in Moses Lake manager Andrew Jenson looks out toward the snow-filled parking lot in front of the theater on North Block Street in Moses Lake on Wednesday afternoon.