Andrew Dawson, Staff Writer|
SUNY Oneonta is officially reopening the Red Dragon Theater after being delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The theater will be offering two showings on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Make sure to get your tickets early, space will be limited!
The Red Dragon Theater will only allow a maximum of ten people for each showing, following the campus’s strict COVID-19 regulations. The occupancy number may change throughout the semester if circumstances continue to improve. Hunt Union wants to stress the importance of safety by taping every other seating row and making sure all students are separated by four seats. In addition, the staff will also be using Oneonta’s event app, Corq, to check students into the movie theater, assisting with contact tracing and allowing the campus to know who was present for each showing. Staff will also regularly check to ensure a student did not sneak into the theater. SUNY Oneonta is committed to the safety of students, following specific procedures to safeguard the wellness of the student body.
While these regulations seem to be effective, the question remains, do students feel comfortable enough to go watch a movie in the Red Dragon Theater? Sophomore student Eric Yadoo said, “While watching a film in a movie theater is scary thought during this pandemic, I do feel comfortable in going to the Red Dragon Theater. I think SUNY Oneonta is learning from their previous mistakes and are taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of their students at these events.”
“Personally, I have never gone to the Red Dragon Theater, but I believe Oneonta is taking the necessary precautions to make airing these films possible,” said sophomore William Callas. “As of now, I would not go to these movies, but I believe students will be safe while watching them.” SUNY Oneonta made specific rules so events will still occur this semester. After a challenging year, students at Oneonta deserve the option to attend fun events being offered by the campus. These events will help students de-stress from problems they may face throughout the semester and it will have a positive effect on their mental health.
The next showing will feature the movie “Da 5 Bloods” from Thursday, Feb. 18 to Saturday, Feb. 20. The Red Dragon Theater is creatively employing specific movies within the release dates of their sequels. The theater will be offering the original (1962) “King Kong vs. Godzilla” movie the same weekend the new “Godzilla vs. Kong” movie opens in theaters. From Apr. 29 to May 1, the same weekend the new film “Black Widow” will be released in theaters, the Red Dragon Theater will be promoting “Captain America: Civil War.” This will show the timeline of Marvel’s MCU because “Black Widow” occurred between “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Endgame.”
The Red Dragon Theater will also be airing more popular movies during the Spring 2021 semester like “Monster Hunter,” “The Little Things” and “Nomadland.” For more information about the Red Dragon Theater please visit the Corq app. The Corq app will give you constant updates, information about their COVID-19 guidelines and movies being presented in the Red Dragon Theater.