March 16, 2020
To Our Valued Patrons
Due to the ongoing spread of Coronavirus-COVID 19, and the recommended and mandatory measures being taken to limit exposure, we have made the difficult decision to close Lakeport Cinemas for the foreseeable future.
The 3 largest theatre chains in the US have all announced closures of all their theatres including Regal in Ukiah. Those that aren’t closed now will most likely be forced to close soon.
We had hoped to continue providing an escape for our guests on a limited basis during this time. However, The CDC and government agencies are continuing to increase their recommendations for limiting public interaction. Because of this it has become increasingly clear that keeping our doors open would only risk the potential of the virus spreading to our guests and our staff and throughout Lake County.
We will continue to monitor the situation and re-open the theatre as soon as we can be sure things are returning to normal and there is no unnecessary risk to our patrons or our staff.
In light of school closures due to Coronavirus, we have received a number of inquiries about opening the drive-in early to provide some entertainment.
Based on the information from government agencies, the CDC, and consultations with dozens of drive-in owners across the US, we have determined it would be irresponsible for us to open the drive-in at this time. Even if we were to open with no snack bar and no restrooms, we would still be creating a large gathering which would risk the possibility of the virus spreading.
This COVID19 situation is going to make it very difficult for businesses large and small to survive including ours. This creates great hardship for all of our employees, contractors and vendors. Please keep all in your positive thoughts. Please stay home, wash your hands, cover your cough and stay healthy.
We hope to see you again soon.