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(SEPT. 8 2020 | RED BANK) — The Count Basie Center for the Arts, the not-for-profit performing arts organization with a mission to “Inspire, Educate and Entertain,” announced today it has assumed operations of the historic White Street cinema in Red Bank, with the intention of opening as the rebranded Basie Center Cinemas in October.

“We were set to announce the Basie Center Cinemas project in April, but we had to put everything on hold,” said Adam Philipson, President and CEO, Count Basie Center for the Arts. “We are grateful that Governor Murphy has allowed movie theaters to operate at a reduced capacity, which will allow us to provide a safe, socially-distanced cinema experience for patrons beginning next month.”

Basie Center Cinemas will debut in strict accordance with state social distancing mandates:

  • The facilities’ two theaters will hold 51 or 33 people, respectively.
  • Patrons will be required to wear a mask at all times, except when eating or drinking.
  • Seats will be sold in sets of 2 and 4, with at least 6’ of space surrounding seats in all directions. Single seats will be available as well.
  • The lobby will be retrofitted to facilitate contact-free ticketing and concessions
  • Theaters will be disinfected between showings.
  • Restroom occupancy will be limited to one patron at a time.