Restaurant turns into drive-in movie theater due to coronavirus
Coach Meeting House owner Russ Lundstrum discusses how he transformed his restaurant into a drive-in movie theater that sells frozen drinks to customers.
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Fourteen IPIC Theaters and seven of its affiliated restaurants will be reopened throughout Texas next month as the state eases its coronavirus lockdown orders.
Locations in Fairview and Houston will reopen on June 4 followed by Austin on June 11. The company’s theaters and restaurant brands City Perch, Tanzy and The Tuck Room have been closed for weeks during the height of the pandemic. A reopening strategy has reportedly been developed to “meet new CDC guidelines,” according to a company press release.
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“During the closure, IPIC Theaters’ priority has been to develop a way to offer our unique cinematic and dining experience where our guests can entrust that we have done everything possible to ensure their wellness,” said IPIC Theaters’ CEO and Legal Counsel Paul Safran. “We have developed new standards to limit interactions between guests and team members, while still delivering the same premium experience that our guests expect.”
Additionally, the theaters have acquired two kinds of devices that will help keep moviegoers health: the Centurion T165K EBT Thermal Scanner and Evaclean Electrostatic Sprayer.
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These high-tech gadgets will allow IPIC Theaters to scan guests, team members and vendors for elevated body temperature when they enter its venues as well as disinfect larger surface areas more often.
Additional coronavirus protocols the dine-in theater chain has implemented include a paused blanket and pillow program, required protective masks and gloves for team members along with encouraged mask wearing for guests in common areas, daily enhanced sanitation, expanded cleaning staff and limited operation from Thursday through Sunday for extensive cleaning. Plexiglass has been installed on customer-facing counters.
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Guest interaction will be minimized with IPIC Theaters’ servers and ninjas in addition to ensuring social distancing between parties.
For the theater’s reopening, IPIC is offering classic films and guest favorites at a special ticket price.
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