ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Starting in July, the Grandin Theatre will return to being a “first-run new release movie theater,” according to the Grandin Theatre Foundation.

“After a challenging year for the cinematic and performing arts industry, public confidence and industry movement has created an optimal environment for first-run new releases to return to the big screen,” the Grandin Theatre Foundation said in a statement on Tuesday, June 15.

The Grandin will begin by only showing films on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. However, the foundation will continue to examine the model in hopes of returning to seven days a week in the fall. 

Beginning July 9, the Grandin Theatre will show the following movies:

  • “Black Widow,” Marvel’s much awaited release following the life of Natasha Romanoff.
  • “In the Heights,” from the mind of Lin-Manuel Miranda of “Hamilton.”
  • “My Octopus Teacher,” the 2021 Best Documentary Feature.
  • “The Father,” the 2021 Best Actor Oscar Winner (Anthony Hopkins) and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Tickets will be available online for all releases on June 18, as well as at the box office on the day of shows.

“We are beyond excited to return to our first-run screening model and provide our patrons with new releases again after a very challenging year,” said Ian Fortier, Executive Director of the Grandin Theatre Foundation. “With public confidence rising and the flow of content from Hollywood increasing, we feel it is an optimal time to bring our community and our patrons real time content again. We are optimistic that our programming will provide high quality cinematic experiences to our visitors.”

The Grandin Theatre plans to keep practicing safety-first protocols, such as advanced ticketing, time between films for cleaning, and masks for staff members to ensure patron confidence.

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