TCA is thrilled to welcome audiences back inside the theater the first time in 15 months. We begin with what many of us have missed most at TCA: films. Come see a movie you love, have always wanted to see or just one you’d like to discover on the big screen. We’ve made plenty of changes to the theater to help you ease back in and we’d love to see you at the movies.
As you return to the theater, thank you for:
Wearing a mask—masks are required in the galleries and theater, except when eating and drinking
Maintaining social distancing—please keep six feet apart from people outside your pod
Washing your hands—clean restroom facilities and hand sanitizing stations will be available in galleries and theater
Staying home if you are sick—please stay home if you or a person you have been in contact with are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
Here are some of the things TCA has done to prepare for public audiences:
HVAC upgrades—CDC recommended HVAC air purifying filters positioned strategically throughout theater and galleries
Spaced Seating—reduced theater and gallery capacity, requiring empty seats left between separate parties
Contactless ticketing—tickets will be made available for purchase online and in advance
TCA’s theater was allowed to reopen when New Mexico Governor Lujan Grisham created the “turquoise” level that Taos reached in earlier in the spring. The arts organization, however, took time to assess upgrades and amendments needed; it also took time to hear from the Taos community about reopening by issuing an e-survey and inviting qualitative feedback about guidelines and in-person programs. In advance of the opening, TCA has revamped and upgraded the theater ventilation system and it has installed portable three-stage air purifiers in the theater, stage, and Encore Gallery. In this fluctuating climate and as Taos community moves through this phase of the pandemic, TCA will require masks in our indoor spaces (theater and Stables Gallery) unless eating or drinking. This does not apply to TCA Backlot events.
TCA has seriously considered this decision; national and state guidelines allow businesses and organizations the discretion to set rules for their indoor spaces. TCA’s thinking has taken into account that a theater, even socially distanced, often situates people together for up to two hours. TCA requests that all guests be fully vaccinated for the safety and enjoyment of all patrons attending. Also we are requiring masks as one thing TCA can do to ensure the safety of patrons, volunteers and staff. In a broader sense, these are ways to encourage safety for the community of Taos. These precautions are in the interest of community wellness.
TCA returns to the theater programming with limited capacity – 90 people maximum — and masks are required. Programming will include a selection of films that welcome those community members back to movie-watching if they are ready for a theater experience again here in Taos. Films were selected to appeal to a wide audience and span the decades, and they include Chaplin classic “The Kid,” Cuban music documentary “Buena Vista Social Club,” and French film “Varda by Agnès.” TCA’s priority is to reopen in a way that is safe and inclusive for the entire Taos community.