LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – The Kentucky Theater will re-open its doors to the public Friday night, Jan. 28.

The theater shut down in October of 2020 because of the pandemic and low sales. However, now a non-profit called Friends of the Kentucky Theater will manage the movie house.

The theater will open its doors back up for the first time Friday night for a 7:15 p.m. showing of “Paper Moon”, a 1973 comedy/drama.

There are new COVID guidelines in place. Guests will have to wear a face mask at all times unless they’re eating or drinking. The theater will operate at 50% capacity which is around 400 seats or less.

Friends of the Kentucky Theater said it’s a small price to pay to bring this experience back to the community.

“It’s something that you cannot reproduce at home. So, it’s this kind of value-added experience to be in the cinema and make it a community place and The Kentucky more than most places really is a community gathering. We always talk about it being the heartbeat of downtown and I think it truly is,” said Hayward Wilkirson, Co-Chair of Friends of the Kentucky Theater.

Wilkirson said he’s optimistic the theater won’t have to shut down again despite this latest COVID surge. If you’re looking to purchase tickets for Friday night’s showings you can do so in person at the theater on main street.