Big city shutdowns impacting our local movie theaters

For the first time since March, Barry Cinemas has two new movies at the Gem in Riverton. Starting tonight, you can catch The Rental and The Outpost.

The Barry’s have been working hard and getting creative to keep the lights on at their three theaters here in Fremont County.

Following the public health orders in mid-March, the Acme, Gem, and Grand all closed. Selling popcorn to-go became a way to keep money coming in during this time.

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“Buying concessions support us whether or not we have tickets to sell,” owner Adam Barry shared.

With the ease of health orders in May, they opened the Gem in Riverton and Grand in Lander. Implementing several precautions for the health and safety of their staff and movie-goers.

While being able to open is great, they are dependent on studios; and no new movies are being released while the cinema capitals of the US, like LA and NYC, are shuttered.

Several studios have a repertoire of content that can be shown at a minimal cost. They have been showing those movies for free, but are coming to the end of the “good titles,” as Adam put it.

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He hopes the free movies is to bring a sense of normalcy to the community during this time. “Right now, we need to get people through the door,” he said.

Adam even took on a second job to keep his manager employed.

Tickets to The Rental and The Outpost can be purchased by clicking here. Due to social distancing protocol, seats are limited so you’ll want to get those tickets sooner rather than later.

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You can also find updates on the free movies at the link above or on the Barry Cinemas Inc. Facebook page. They are also doing a Mystery Movie Matinee, also free, you can learn more about that by clicking here.

Don’t forget to buy concessions while you’re there!

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