Update: Monday, March 16, 2020
As of 3:00 P.M. March 16, 2020, the Bohm Theatre is closed until Tuesday, March 31, 2020 by order of the State of Michigan (Executive Order 2020-9). All movies, events, and rentals during this timeframe have been canceled.
As we mentioned in our statement last week, cinema has offered entertainment, inspiration, and relief from daily stresses to audiences throughout its history. We deeply appreciate everyone who came out to support us this weekend, though we could not offer our usual full schedule of movies.
Despite this current order to close temporarily, the Bohm Theatre is still committed to serving our community during this period in 21st Century ways. Since 1929, we have evolved with the times. In the coming weeks, the Bohm Theatre will continue our 90-year tradition of innovation and creativity. We will continue to serve in our role as the cultural, cinematic, and musical center of the Albion community. The Bohm is here for you, your family, and our entire community. Please look out for more details on our website, Facebook page, and by email.
The Albion community is the reason the Bohm Theatre was restored five years ago and has survived for over 90 years. Please consider making a gift to help sustain us during this state-mandated shutdown using the donate button below. Thank you for your support during this uncertain time.
We look forward to meeting you at the Bohm soon!
Update: Friday, March 13, 2020
At this time, the Bohm Theatre will remain open until public health officials notify us otherwise.
Cinema has provided a temporary escape for audiences throughout its history. We intend to continue this tradition for our community as long as it is safe to do so. However, we are also taking extra precautions to do our part in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
- Patrons who are sick should remain home. We request that patrons who are sick or feeling “under the weather” not attend movies at the Bohm Theatre. One of the primary ways to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 is to remain away from the general population if you are sick. If you become sick while you are at the Bohm, we ask that you excuse yourself from the theatre and inform a staff member immediately. We will also be issuing refunds for pre-sale tickets if you are unable to use them because of sickness.
- Public health officials have recommended limiting gatherings to fewer than 100 people. The Bohm Theatre will be monitoring attendance at our events closely to ensure there are no more than 85 attendees, which will allow for staff. If you would like to ensure the availability of a seat for you, please buy your tickets online.
- Allowing people room to remain at a distance from one another (social distancing) is an important mitigation strategy. The 40-seat Bohm II will not be available for movies or rental until restrictions have been lifted due to the close proximity of audience members and the relatively limited air circulation. The nearly 400-seat Historic Bohm provides ample room for audience members to distance themselves as they wish and much better air circulation through a dedicated ventilation system in the main auditorium. During this time, the balcony will also be open for the general public.
- Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds. The restrooms in the Bohm Theatre are stocked with plenty of soap. We encourage our audience members to wash their hands frequently, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces will occur more frequently. This will involve seeing staff cleaning door handles, railings, bathrooms, and counters while patrons are still in the theatre. Staff will also monitor where people sit, so we are able pay special attention to those areas between audiences.
- The movie industry has begun postponing many new releases over the next few months. That means our programming will have significantly more second-run movies than typical. We are working with our booking agent to schedule family-friendly movies for at least the next three weeks, while school is out.
As part of our COVID-19 response plan, we are closely monitoring the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, State of Michigan, the Calhoun County Department of Public Health, and the City of Albion.
As we have witnessed over the last few days, the situation is changing rapidly. We will continue to inform you of changes to our operations through email, our website, our Facebook page, and on our movie hotline (517-343-2116).