Red Bluff movie theater to create outdoor experience

Tehama County is in the purple or widespread category under the state's new system.

Posted: Sep 1, 2020 6:15 PM

RED BLUFF, Calif. - Tehama County is in the purple or widespread category under the state's new system.

Under the state's new guidelines movie theaters can operate outdoors.

Prime Cinemas co-owner Brian Young tells Action News Now they plan to have an outdoor move experience by using part of their parking lot and showing movies on the side of the building.

Young says movie-goers can buy social distance squares which can sit up to four 4 people

“This is going to mirror an experience you might have going to a park and watching a movie outside,” said Young. “We want to show that we're doing everything to keep going because we don’t want the town to lose their movie theater.”

Movies will show one at a time and start once it gets dark. The theater plans to sit no more than 100 people. Prime Cinemas plans to debut its outdoor cinema this weekend.

To help keep business afloat, Prime Cinemas has also been selling concessions on the weekend.

Meanwhile, restaurants have continued to face a tough time since going on the watchlist, but even with the new guidelines, it will still be a long road to recovery.

Jeff Tausch, the owner of Boar Hunter Barbeque says he’s only doing half of what he used to do. But has managed to stay afloat thanks to outdoor seating and some regulars.

“We are coping with the outdoor seating and we're fortunate to have a decent spot for outdoor seating," said Tausch. “We have a lot of great customers that are willing to put up with that.”

While outdoor seating is not the most ideal situation customers say it's better than nothing.

“When it's 110 degrees outside, it’s hard to sit outside and eat all the time, and I understand why they’re doing it,” said Andrew Berry, a regular.

“I just hope that the small business are able to stay afloat during this time,”

Tausch says even will all these hurdles, they’ll keep pushing forward and does not see his restaurant closing any time soon.

As businesses in Tehama County continue to adapt to the state's new reopening guidelines, the changes are giving businesses a little bit more leeway.

“I've only seen a third of my customers held back, it's been really hard I know a lot of people are scared out there,” said Ruben Aguirre, the owner of Rue’s Barbershop.
Under Governor Gavin Newsom's new guidelines Ruben Aguirre can once again have customers come inside his barbershop. But only at 25% of capacity.

“We've been trying to work with the rules and stuff like that but we've been taking customers by appointment only,” said Aguirre.

The state placed Tehama County on the watch list on August 26, and Aguirre immediately halted all operations.

“We were worried, and we immediately had to shut down because that's when we had to,” said Aguirre.

Aguirre reopened Monday after the new guidelines came out. Now he’s taking the necessary steps to keep clients and his barbers safe. Steps like wearing masks and only doing appointments. Customers say they're okay with the protocols just as long as their barber can keep his doors open.

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