Movies Return to the Big Screen at the Marion Palace Theatre

Posted on June 15, 2020

Precautions Taken to Ensure Patron Safety

The Palace Cultural Arts Association (PCAA) is happy to announce that screening of movies will resume Monday, June 22 at the Marion Palace Theatre located at 276 W. Center Street in Marion, Ohio.

Four family friendly retro classic movies will be shown throughout the week including “A Dog’s Purpose,” “Home,” “Monsters vs. Aliens,” and “Trolls.” The historic downtown theatre is taking precautions to ensure the safety of patrons.

“The staff and board have been very thoughtful about our reopening process we are implementing,” said Bev Ford, executive director of Marion Palace Theatre. “We know people are eager to return to theatres for movies on the big screen provided they feel confident that we’ve created a safe and comfortable environment. With that goal, protocols have been implemented, and we are now ready and excited to welcome back guests.”

Enhanced protocols in accordance with current local health and safety guidelines can be found in detail below and on the Palace Theatre website

Movie Schedule (Monday, June 22-Sunday, June 28, 2020).

.A DOG’S PURPOSE (2017) – Adventure, Comedy, Drama | Rated: PG | Run Time: 100 minutes
Show Times: 10am – Wed (mask mandatory); 2pm – Thu & Sun; 7pm – Mon & Fri

.HOME (2015) Animation, Adventure, Comedy | Rated: PG | Run Time: 94min
Show Times: 10am – Mon & Fri (mask mandatory); 2pm – Tue & Sat; 7pm – Wed

.MONSTERS VS ALIENS (2009) – Animation, Adventure, Action | Rated: PG | Run Time: 95 minutes
Show Times: 10am – Thur (mask mandatory); 2pm – Mon & Fri; 7pm – Tue & Sat

.TROLLS (2016) – Animation, Adventure, Comedy | Rated: PG | Run Time: 92 minutes
Show Times: 10am – Tue & Sat (masks mandatory); 2pm – Wed; 7pm – Thu & Sun

Concessions are available and are reasonably priced. Items available for purchase include Pepsi products, popcorn, and boxed theatre candy for $2 each. Admission prices are $4 for all ages and $2 for current 2019-2020 PCAA members presenting a valid membership card.

“While our theatre has been on intermission these past few months, we’ve remained hard at work to creatively maintain the connection with our patrons,” added Ford.
“Offering curbside concessions and introducing virtual performances with local talent through our social media platforms helped do just that. But, now it’s time to reconnect with the community. The process may look a little different to start, but it doesn’t take away from the excitement of bringing back the theatre-going experience. We can’t wait!”

For Breakout Boxes – Palace Theatre Safety Policies and Guidelines

Policies and guidelines will continue to evolve with time and will be assessed and updated on an ongoing basis. For the most up-to-date information, please visit

For Everyone’s Safety

.Palace staff and volunteers will conduct daily wellness checks and implement the use of face masks, as well as the use of gloves as appropriate.

.Guests will be encouraged to wear face masks in public areas and stay home if sick

.Masks will be designated as mandatory during the 10am movie showings. Masks will be optional during the 2pm and 7pm show times.

.Low-contact options for ticket and concession purchases will be available through the website (fees apply)

.There will be an increased frequency of cleaning, especially high-touch surfaces

.Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the theatre

.In-theatre signs and markings will encourage proper social distancing

Hours, Product & Price

.The Box Office will remain closed until further notice.

.Movie tickets and concessions may be purchased in advance through the website. All movie tickets purchased online will cost $4. Each transaction will incur a $2.50 processing fee. In an effort to reduce processing fees for patrons, combination packages will be offered. Advance ticket buyers will be sent an email with order details. Patrons will be required to show the email with proof of purchase on a smartphone or a printed copy.

.Those who wish to avoid online processing fees may purchase tickets at the main theatre door with cash or credit card. Doors will open 45 minutes before show time.

.PCAA members who wish to redeem movie and concession passes must do so in person.

. Hours of operation will be limited, opening late morning and closing early evening. Daily movie times are scheduled for 10am, 2pm, and 7pm daily. The Palace website will provide details on movie titles, synopsis, and scheduled showings.

.Family friendly retro movies will start June 22 and with the following titles: “A Dog’s Purpose,” “Home,” “Monsters vs. Aliens,” and “Trolls.”


.Low-contact food ordering will be highly encouraged through

.Concession stands will be open, serving the traditional menu – popcorn, soda, & candy. Each item will be $2. Patrons are encouraged to present cashiers with exact dollar amounts to avoid the need to make change.

.Plastic barriers will be installed in the concession room.

Auditorium Arrangements

.A checkerboard seating pattern and a couple of empty seats between groups allows for proper social distancing in accordance with the CDC. Guests will be assisted by volunteers to ensure proper social distancing

.Although capacity will be limited, groups can be seated together upon arrival at the theatre and in accordance with state regulations, provided accommodations are available

.Extra time between shows will allow the time for thorough cleanings

.Following the movie, guests will be asked to exit while practicing social distancing between groups, dispose of all trash and avoid congregating in the lobby

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