Red Bank movie theater will reopen as Basie Center Cinemas in October

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Basie Center Cinemas will open in Red Bank in October.

The Count Basie Center for the Arts has announced that it will be assuming operations of the movie theater that had been called Bow Tie Cinemas, at 36 White St. in Red Bank, and reopening it, in October, as the Basie Center Cinemas.

In accordance with current law, Basie Center Cinemas’ two auditoriums will be limited to 51 and 33 people, respectively. Patrons will be required to wear masks (except when eating or drinking), patrons will sit six feet apart from other patrons, and other safety steps will be taken.

“We were set to announce the Basie Center Cinemas project in April, but we had to put everything on hold,” said Basie president and CEO Adam Philipson in a press release. “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.”

According to the press release, “Basie Center Cinemas will feature independent and major studio releases, film lectures and workshops, film festivals and family programming, and will act as an annex location for the Basie Center’s celebrated arts and education programs, such as the Basie Center Teen + College Film Fest and more. Movie fans can expect all the amenities of the classic moviegoing experience, with additional offerings for film buffs and aficionados of arts education. Late-night showings of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show,’ a long-standing tradition at the theater, will also continue.”

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