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Athena Cinema Coronavirus Update

Updated: March 16th, 2020

Athena Cinema Supporters,

While there are no known cases of COVID-19 at Athena Cinema, Ohio University or in our region, out of caution and with particular concern for at-risk groups, Athena Cinema will be temporarily closing effective Monday, March 16th. All scheduled programming at this time is canceled.

This decision has been reached after much deliberation and in acknowledgement of the Athena’s role as a community arts center. Since 1915, the Athena has been able to serve our patrons through times of uncertainty by opening our doors to the community. This is a unique and different time. We feel closing is the best course of action to prioritize the health and safety of customers, staff, and the community at large, including vulnerable populations.

Throughout the closure, the Athena will continue to accept memberships and donations to our support fund. Please be aware that delivery of membership cards may be delayed. Your support is especially appreciated during this time.

If you would like to request a refund for a ticket purchase for an event that has been canceled, please reach out to us at 740.594.7382.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We are looking forward to reopening and welcoming our community back to the theater.

 

Sincerely,

Athena Cinema Staff

 

 

Updated: March 12th, 2020

While we remain open and are practicing reduced capacity limits and other extra health and safety precautions, the following partner events have been cancelled or postponed:

  • The Met: Live in HD presents Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer will no longer play March 14th

  • Spring Sustainability Series: The Electricity Fairy / Coalmining Women will no longer play March 18th

We will announce info about any updates or rescheduling as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and support!

 

 

 

Updated: March 11th, 2020

This page is to provide Athena Cinema patrons with information regarding the health and safety of our patrons in response to the recent concern around the global COVID-19 outbreak and how Athena Cinema is responding.

First, we will remain open and programming is continuing as planned. At this time the risk to the public is still consider low and theaters nationwide have remained open. we are monitoring the situation daily. We are monitoring information from Ohio University, local and state officials along with new information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). There are currently no known cases of COVID-19 in our immediate region though we are acting with due diligence in protecting our staff, volunteers and patrons.

Here are some ways we’re working to keep the Athena Cinema community healthy:

1.       We will be working with Ohio University Facilities Management to ensure disinfecting and routine cleaning is being handled diligently and our staff is disinfecting between each round. For example disinfecting all railings, countertops, and other frequently-touched surfaces.

2.       We have reduced the capacity of our theaters to allow for an empty seat and distance between each patron.

3.       Our staff will be given checklist with instructions about wearing gloves, handwashing and other health safety protocol.

4.       We will be adding public-facing signage to our lobby about handwashing, hand sanitizing, and other public health recommendations for patrons and staff.

5.       We have put out hand sanitizer, tissues and alcohol wipes at the counter.

Here is how you can help:

  • Please stay home if you are not feeling well.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Where possible please keep a distance from other patrons and limit unnecessary contact.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and then throw the tissue in the trash. Then wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Please pick up your trash, especially any tissues or napkins.

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THE TRAITOR

Watch Trailer Director: Marco Bellocchio
Cast: Pierfrancesco Favino, Maria Fernanda Cândido, Fabrizio Ferracane

This film is part of our Virtual Cinema Screening Initiative. When you rent THE TRAITOR you are not only supporting independent film, but also supporting the Athena Cinema and our mission.

Check back soon for release date and streaming info!

 

About the film

THE TRAITOR tells the true story of Tommaso Buscetta, the man who brought down the Cosa Nostra. In the early 1980’s, an all out war rages between Sicilian mafia bosses over the heroin trade. Tommaso Buscetta, a made man, flees to hide out in Brazil. Back home, scores are being settled and Buscetta watches from afar as his sons and brother are killed in Palermo, knowing he may be next. Arrested and extradited to Italy by the Brazilian police, Buscetta makes a decision that will change everything for the Mafia: he decides to meet with Judge Giovanni Falcone and betray the eternal vow he made to the Cosa Nostra.

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Running Time: 145 MIN145 MIN
R Rated
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The Traitor is big, bold, confident film-making.

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PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE

Watch Trailer Director: Céline Sciamma
Cast: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Valeria Golino

France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night. As the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow as they share Héloïse’s first moments of freedom. Héloïse’s portrait soon becomes a collaborative act of and testament to their love.

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Running Time: 119 MIN119 MIN
R Rated
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It's a visual masterpiece... The cinematography by Claire Mathon is stunning [and] the acting is wonderful.

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PAIN & GLORY

Watch Trailer Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz, Asier Etxeandia

Pain and Glory tells of a series of reencounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered: his childhood in the 60s, when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia in search of prosperity, the first desire, his first adult love in the Madrid of the 80s, the pain of the breakup of that love while it was still alive and intense, writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable, the early discovery of cinema, and the void, the infinite void that creates the incapacity to keep on making films. Pain and Glory talks about creation, about the difficulty of separating it from one’s own life and about the passions that give it meaning and hope. In recovering his past, Salvador finds the urgent need to recount it, and in that need he also finds his salvation.

Nominated for 2 Academy Awards, including

  1. Best Actor – Antonio Banderas

  2. Best International Film

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Running Time: 112 min112 MIN
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A deeply personal and very moving film, anchored by the best work of Antonio Banderas' career.

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Best Picture Winner: PARASITE

Watch Trailer Director: Bong Joon Ho

Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks give the Kims a way out of their shabby circumstances. But this new ecosystem is fragile, and soon enough greed and class prejudice threaten to upend the Kims’ newfound comfort.

Nominated for 6 Academy Awards, including

  1. Best Picture *WINNER*

  2. Best Director – Bong Joon Ho *WINNER*

  3. Best Original Screenplay *WINNER*

  4. Best International Film *WINNER*

  5. Best Production Design

  6. Best Film Editing

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Running Time: 132 minutes132 MIN
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A nerve-racking masterpiece whose spell lingers long after its haunting final image.

Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine
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A QUIET PLACE PART II

Watch Trailer Director: John Krasinski
Cast: Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Millicent Simmons

*A QUIET PLACE PART II has delayed its release and will no longer open on March 19th at the Athena Cinema.*

Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.

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Running Time: 96 min96 MIN
PG-13 Rated
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A worthy, world-expanding followup that builds on the original and finds its own thrills, chills, and emotions in the process.

Kate Erbland
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FIRST COW

Watch Trailer Director: Kelly Reichardt
Cast: John Magaro, Orion Lee, Rene Auberjonois

A loner and cook has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds connection with a Chinese immigrant. The men collaborate on a business, although its longevity is reliant upon the participation of a wealthy landowner’s prized milking cow.

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Running Time: 122 MIN122 MIN
PG-13 Rated
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This haunting movie transports you to another world - and redefines home.

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New York Magazine
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GREED: Last Day Thursday, March 12th

Watch Trailer Director: Michael Winterbottom
Cast: Steve Coogan, Isla Fisher, David Mitchell, Shirley Henderson

Greed is the fictional story of a retail billionaire, set in the glamorous and celebrity-filled world of luxury fashion, which is centered around the build up to a spectacular 60th birthday party in an exclusive hotel on the Greek island of Mykonos.

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Running Time: 104 MIN104 MIN
R Rated
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The super-rich have been more subtly skewered, but never so juicily.

Damon Wise
UK Times
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Mount Zion Presents RIVER OF HOPE

Watch Trailer Director: Calvin Grimm
Cast: Chuck Anziulewicz, Angelica Armstrong, Tristan Bragg

River of Hope tells the story of how a former slave Mary Barnes Cabell and her children helped found the first college for African Americans in West Virginia. Based on true events.

This event is presented free to the public by the Mount Zion Baptist Church. For more information about the event, visit the official Facebook page for the film.

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