By T. Scott Boatright
After a year’s wait, the countdown is on for movies to return to Ruston.
Celebrity Theatres, which has been closed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, made a Facebook post on Friday saying that it plans and expects to reopen its doors in late April.
Following is that Facebook message:
“To Our Valued Celebrity Theatres Family,
As most of you are aware, we shared a teaser quite a few weeks ago about our grand reopening. However, as the state of the industry has progressed, we are once again forced to push back our reopening date.
“Distributors continue to push the release dates of their major films back by months. Many of the anticipated releases have been completely pushed from March and April into the summer and fall months. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel with the New York City and California markets being able to begin reopening their doors at limited capacities.
“These two markets are vital to the industry, and having been closed for such a long time is a major factor in why so many films have gone straight to streaming. With the news of these markets opening, we are incredibly hopeful that distribution companies will start holding their release dates and no further pushes on films will be made.
“Barring any new, significant roadblocks, we WILL be opening our doors on April 30. Thank you all so much for your continued patience and support, and we cannot wait until this incredibly long intermission comes to a close.”