Brokaw Theatre Jolted By Holcomb’s Sudden Changes

by Josh Colletta

The last-minute changes to Indiana’s Stage 3 of reopening has left the staff of Angola’s Brokaw Theatre a bit frustrated.

The Herald Republican says the two-screen movie house was set to show “Trolls World Tour” and “The Invisible Man” this weekend, but alterations to the state’s reopening plans signed by Governor Eric Holcomb on Thursday made that impossible. The change includes a delay for theater reopenings until Stage 4, which isn’t scheduled to go into effect until June 11th.

Brokaw Theatre Manager David Benson tells the paper his facility was ready to go, with a food delivery made and social distancing protocols in place. His primary gripe is the lack of consistency in the process, especially as changes seem to come with no reasons or notice given. Benson says it’s all caused confusion.

As it currently stands, Indiana’s Stage 3 continues to limit restaurants to 50% capacity. Bars and nightclubs remain closed, as do school buildings. Summer camps won’t be able to open until at least June 1st. Playgrounds were also supposed to reopen, but that has been delayed until a later, undetermined date.

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