Movies Inc. remaining closed despite expired 'stay at home' orders

Posted at 8:03 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-02 00:01:34-04

CALALLEN, Texas — Under Gov. Greg Abbott’s order, movie theaters can reopen on Friday, but smaller local ones are choosing not to for a number of reasons.

Zach Farnsworth, the co-owner of Movies Inc. isn’t reopening the theater right away mostly to ensure the safety of movie-patrons.

“It's just all about timing,” said Farnsworth. “You have to think about what everybody wants and what you financially have to do.”

Despite Movies Inc. being closed for six weeks, Farnsworth said it’s also not the right time to re-open because new movies won’t be released until mid-July.

“They’re not going to release anything until a majority of movie theaters are open, because movie studios would lose a lot of money,” said Farnsworth. “So they want as many theaters open as possible until they release something big.”

Farnsworth said if movie theaters did re-open, they would have to rerun older movies until the new ones are released.

While it still could be a couple weeks until Movies Inc. reopens, Farnworth is coming up with a plan.

“I’ve seen everything from checking people temperatures, masks, cleaning between shows, (or having) shows 3 times a day,” said Farnsworth. “It's all up in the air.”

Movies Inc. is expected to reopen by the end of the Month.

“Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should do something,” said Farnsworth. “But I think eventually we're just gonna have to rip the Band-Aid off.”