Before and After: Ductwork
Friday, July 16th 2021
Check out these before and after shots of the ductwork we replaced on the roof while updating our ventilation. Our air quality is going to be much improved!
Choose Your Own Seats When We Reopen!
Friday, July 9th 2021
We are thrilled to announce that upon reopening, online ticket buyers will be able to select and reserve their seats through our website! This will eliminate the need for our patrons to wait in line to enter the theater or to find and save seats for special events.
Demolition is Complete!
Thursday, July 1st 2021
We finished the demolition of our old floors this week. The last of the old floor tiles and concrete risers have been dismantled and disposed of. We also finished removing a few walls and storage closets in the theaters to make room for additional seating. We will be working closely with an engineer as we prepare to lay new concrete.
Removing the Floors
Thursday, June 24th 2021
The jackhammers have been working hard this week to remove the old floors. We had the screens covered to protect them from any dust and debris and our stadium seating is being dismantled.
An Update on Reopening, Renovations, and Tracking Our Progress
Wednesday, June 16th 2021
Dear Cinema Arts Community,
We hope this finds you and your friends and family well. It has been a hard year for everyone and the stress of the pandemic has taken its toll on each of us and our community. We appreciate your loyalty and concern these past months.
As we emerge on the other side of this devastating crisis, we would like to give you an update on where we stand on reopening the Cinema Arts Centre, important infrastructure improvements we are making and what you can expect when we welcome you back to the Cinema Arts Centre.
We know that all of our friends and supporters are eager for the day when we can finally sit down to enjoy a film together at the Cinema Arts Centre. Many have reached out to share questions, and also your excitement with us.
After being closed for over a year, lots of you are wondering “What’s going on?” You’re seeing other movie theaters reopen safely, and are wondering “Why not the Cinema Arts Centre?” The answer is simple… we are in the middle of renovations.
This past year has been the worst in the Cinema’s history but has also brought an opportunity to create a better Cinema Arts Centre with many vital improvements.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused significant financial stress on movie theaters, along with the rest of our world. However, the temporary closure of the Cinema presented an opportunity to make improvements in our physical space. Using funds that were raised for this exact purpose prior to the pandemic, we have been making significant renovations. The challenges of supply chain shortages and construction issues have resulted in unforeseen delays, but we are moving towards completion and reopening.
Here is where we are:
Air Quality and Ventilation: One of the most important steps we have taken to ensure we can protect the health of our patrons was to improve our air quality and ventilation system. Numerous air ducts were replaced, including some that were over fifty years old! Air filtration is being dramatically improved.
New Ceiling: Ceiling tiles are being replaced throughout the entire building.
New Seats for All Three Theaters: Initially, our plan was to replace our oldest and most damaged seats. But it became clear that all of our seats needed replacement. A significant down payment has been made and our new seats are being manufactured. The new seats include cup-holders, are more comfortable, and our new layout includes additional and improved wheelchair accessibility.
Touchless Payment: New equipment for processing touchless payments has been installed in the Box Office and Café.
New Carpets: All of our old carpeting has been removed in our lobby, gallery space, and our three theaters and new carpeting will be installed. A new concrete floor needed to be poured with the removal of floor tiles as well.
We have contracted an engineer to help complete required technical drawings which has resulted in changes to the Cinema’s emergency exits. This requires building permits, and other technical requirements.
Throughout this process we have worked closely with the Town of Huntington. The Cinema resides in a building owned by the town, so major changes need to be reviewed and approved by town representatives.
We are very excited about the new Cinema Arts Centre that is growing out of this challenging year.
Our project manager, architect, and engineer are working together to create a timeline for reopening the cinema. We hope to be able to announce our reopening date soon.
For updates on these and other plans, we have created this new page on our website where we will be posting new details as they develop.
Thank you for your continued engagement throughout this unprecedented period. With your support, we know our Cinema community will emerge stronger than ever.