A reopening is finally in view for Kew Gardens Cinemas.
Andrew Elgart, the theater’s head technician and son of its owner, Harvey Elgart, said when he was working on the marquee recently several people would ask if it was open.
“It felt good,” he said.
March 5 marked the first day theaters in the city could open, almost 12 months to the day they were closed.
The plan is for Kew Gardens Cinemas to open near the end of the month.
While many theaters are playing the same movies, such as “Tom and Jerry,” “Boogie” and “Chaos Walking,” Elgart said the six-screen theater may look to play some more critically acclaimed movies such as “Nomadland” starring Frances McDormand, and independent films.
Elgart also said playing some classic films is a possibility. Some theaters on Long Island, which reopened last October, have been showing old movies in addition to new releases.
Elgart said he wants to see how Williamsburg Cinemas — which his father owns along with Cobble Hill Cinemas — is received by moviegoers in terms of feedback he could take for Kew Gardens.
He’s hoping the vaccines will ease the concerns of seniors, who make up a lot of business for the theater.
“They might feel a little more comfortable coming and the younger people might be more bold in general,” Elgart said.
He said he upgraded the air filters to the improved MERV-13 system and that arm rests will be cleaned after screenings.
Schedules will be staggered, perhaps with 40 minutes between showtimes instead of 25 or 30.
Elgart said he will likely close off the waiting room in the theater lobby, which has old movie posters and magazine covers on the walls. “I’m sure people will be a little upset,” he said. “We don’t want people just standing around.”