Marathon Cinema reopens this weekend for a showing of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12 and 13 with a 7 p.m. seating. 

“We’re just starting slow with a single showing on weekend nights,” said Jeanette Gierula, who manages Marathon Community Theatre. “We want to judge the community’s response and eventually move to four nights a week and add the matinee.” 

The theater has always owned the cinema building, and has recently taken over the lease for its operation as well. 

Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961) stars Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard. Holly Golightly is the naive, eccentric society girl who falls in love with the struggling writer — a perfect Valentine’s Day weekend tale. Next up is “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981).

Gierula said the theater conducted a Facebook poll to help choose the movies for the next four weeks. 

The cinema was closed by a state mandate at the beginning of the pandemic, and its reopening is tailored to current conditions. It will operate at 50% capacity (about 50 persons), and masks and temperature checks will be required as patrons enter.  

Gierula said there will be social distancing cues inside and outside the cinema, and volunteers to help usher and deliver concession items.   

“We did lots of cleaning, painting, repairs to systems and lighting, and purchased new concessions equipment,” said Gierula. “When all that was done we hired back the two longest running employees — Shaughn Collins and Virginia Vidana — and began stocking and preparing for the opening.”

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Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $11 for seniors, $10 for children. Marathon Cinema is located at  5101 Overseas Hwy., behind Marathon Liquors and Deli.  

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Sara Matthis thinks community journalism is important, but not serious; likes weird and wonderful children (she has two); and occasionally tortures herself with sprint-distance triathlons, but only if she has a good chance of beating her sister.