The Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank is expanding...and not in a way that you expected.

It has just been announced that the Count Basie Center for the Arts will be taking over the former Bow Tie Cinemas on White Street!

Believe it or not, this move was planned months ago and has nothing to do with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The movie theater is going to be renamed Basie Center Cinemas and will be opening this October!

The theater is expected to show major studio and independent films. They are also expected to host lectures and workshops.

“Fans of independent film can rest easy knowing that social distancing is very much possible in this complex, and that cinemas typically operate at reduced capacities to begin with,” said Izzy Sackowitz, general manager and executive vice president of the Basie Center. “The audience for independent films is smaller than the summer blockbuster crowd, which means the Basie Center Cinemas experience can be safe and enjoyable for all.”

They will also continue to host late-night showings of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

There will just be rules put into place to ensure that they are abiding by CDC guidelines:

The facility has two movie theaters. One holds up to 51 people and the other holds up to 33 people.  (Indoor gatherings are capped at 25% capacity or 150 people, whichever number is less. But based on the size of the theaters, this will not be a problem.) 

Customers will need to wear face masks at all times, except when they are eating or drinking in their seats.

There will be contact-free ticketing and concessions.

When purchasing seats, you can buy one, two or four seats together and each movie-going party will have six feet between them when in the theater.

Theaters will be cleaned between every show and bathrooms are set up to accommodate one person at a time.

It looks like a lot of good things can be expected from The Basie Center Cinemas and they are more than prepared to operate with rules in place to keep the public safe.

Exciting news! Welcome to the Jersey Shore family, Basie Center Cinemas.

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