Ronnie Harvey loads movies onto one of the Dietrich’s projectors as theater staff prepare for reopening.

We’re back! The doors are open. The screens are lit. The Dietrich Theater opened once again on Jan. 8 and the excitement can be felt and heard, according to Erica Rogler.

People are stopping in the office to share their good wishes for this return to our new ‘normality.’ “Yes, we are open at 10 percent capacity, but that’s better than closing our doors,” says Erica. “And with the reopening comes new movie releases.”

Wonder Woman 1984 is here, as well as The News of the World, and Monster Hunter. I have the book of The News of the World, waiting for me to read on my kindle app, and I now am motivated to get it read before I see the movie. How about you? Is one of these movies calling to you? It just feels so good to know they are waiting for us.

When you come to the Dietrich, you know that we are observing all of the COVID-19 protocol restrictions: masking, social distancing and sanitizing between showings. Our wonderful Linda Harvey has donated her handmade fabric masks since we first reopened during the summer. They are available with your donation whenever you visit the theater. Another friend of the Dietrich stopped by to donate her own handmade masks, also available by donation. Some people are angels in waiting, showing up when you need them the most. Thank you, Linda and our anonymous friend, for helping us get through these times. You bring us hope for the future.

Do you have a PlayStation or Xbox? Would you like to gather 14 members of your family or friends to play your games on the Dietrich’s big screen? You can rent our Sheldon Dalton Theater and bring your PlayStation or Xbox and have the ultimate game experience. Call us at 570-836-1022, ext. 6, and find out all the details.

Or do you have an occasion to celebrate and would like to rent a theater to gather your family or friends to see one of the movies we are showing or a movie of your own? What a special and safe way to celebrate! Call the number above to reserve.

Because we sold out our previous showings, we are bringing back Elvis: That’s the Way It Is, an onscreen concert, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, and Sunday, Jan. 24, at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. It is strongly advised to reserve your seat by calling 570-836-1022, ext 3.

The lights are on again in the Sheldon Studio for Steve Colley’s Open Studio on Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and for Pottery and Sculpture on Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The kilns will be filled once again and the easels will be up. All we need is for all of you to return to reacquaint yourselves with your creativity. We have missed you.

So the Dietrich Theater is reawakening for a new year. A new year to be what we have always been, an entertainment and arts center right in the middle of historic downtown Tunkhannock. Are we optimistic about the future? Absolutely! Our dedicated volunteer who has helped us through many challenges, Jim Rosengrant, just stopped by to say that he is optimistic for better times ahead, not only because of the promise of the COVID vaccine, but also because it is in our past and in our future to look forward, not backward. We are back!

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