Overland Park movie theater temporarily closes

COVID-19 prompts shutdown
Coronavirus COVID-19
Posted at 2:15 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 15:15:43-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An Overland Park theater has temporarily closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Glenwood Arts Theatre initially closed for seven months, beginning in mid-March at the start of the pandemic. It had reopened in October with a limited schedule. Due to low attendance and changes in film releases, owners Brian and Ben Mossman closed the theater “until the COVID-19 virus is more controlled,” according to a news release.

In a letter to the public, the Mossmans said theaters that have opened have seen “greatly diminished attendance,” and weeks with few to no movies released.

“This is not a decision at which we have arrived lightly, but we believe it is made in the best interests of you, the customer,” they said in the letter. “Your health, your well-being, and your safety remain our greatest priorities.”

The theater will still release new streaming movies weekly on its website and is accepting monetary donations to help cover utilities and other expenses while the theater is closed.