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Lensic to Reopen for In-Person Events on June 17 with Free Screening of The Wizard of Oz
Ticket reservations available to Lensic members on June 2; to general public on June 9
After 15 months without live audiences due to the pandemic, the nonprofit Lensic Performing Arts Center will reopen for in-person events with a free screening of the 1939 classic movie The Wizard of Oz on June 17, 2021, at 7 pm. The film will be screened again on June 19 at 7 p.m.
“We are thrilled to be reopening the theater,” says Executive Director Joel Aalberts. “Our last live event was on March 10, 2020. But the support from our members and the community has been incredible during the pandemic, and we are able to come back as strong as ever. We’re relaunching with a free, beloved movie as a gift to our community.”
The theater will initially operate at 33 percent capacity, following the State of New Mexico’s latest regulations for large entertainment venues. Patrons, staff members, and performers will be required to follow strict safety protocols based on CDC and state guidelines. Face masks will be required for everyone in the building except patrons under 2 and performers singing or speaking on stage, and social distancing will be maintained in all areas.
The Lensic will soon release a June/July schedule, which will include classic movies (free) and big-screen encores from the Metropolitan Opera. Later this summer, if public health conditions continue to improve as expected, the schedule will be expanded to include concerts and other events featuring live performers.
New ticketing procedures are in place as the theater reopens. Tickets are now available by phone or online (no in-person sales) and will be emailed to patrons, who can print them at home or present them on a mobile device upon arrival at the theater. Following state guidelines, tickets may be purchased for groups of up to six people, who will be seated together with at least six feet between groups. Refunds will be offered for those who must cancel because they are experiencing COVID-like symptoms or have been exposed to or tested positive for the virus within the past 14 days.
The Lensic will continue to update its schedule and procedures as regulations and public health conditions change. For the latest Covid safety protocols at the theater, visit www.Lensic.org/covid-
The Wizard of Oz
June 17 & 19 at 7 p.m.
Free / Reservations Required
A free community screening of the classic 1939 film starring Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale, a young Kansas farm girl who dreams of a land “somewhere over the rainbow.” Dorothy’s dream comes true when she and her dog, Toto — along with her family’s house — are transported by a tornado to a bright and magical world unlike anything she has seen before.
Tickets at Lensic.org. Ticket reservations are available for Lensic members on June 2 (10 a.m.) and open up to everyone/public on June 9 (10 a.m.).
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