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Park City Film will require all patrons to be vaccinated for COVID-19

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As of December 20th, Park City Film will require that all of those attending a screening at the Jim Santy Auditorium must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

Park City Film Executive Director Katy Wang says the decision to require proof of vaccination follows the lead of other theaters.

"So, we wanted to wait for our youngest film lovers or five to 11 year old set to be fully vaccinated,” Wang explained. “So, they just started vaccinating a couple of weeks ago. That'll give them a couple of weeks to be fully vaccinated so they can come to see films with their families. So, December 20, is the date that we're setting and yes, we will be requiring proof of vaccine for all of our patrons, and that will allow us to open up our theater to full capacity we'll still be requiring masks unless people are sitting in their seats actively eating or drinking.”

The actual vaccination card or a digital photo of the card she says will be accepted, and you will have to provide proof of vaccination every time you come into the theater.

"We don't want to retain that information since it is private information for individuals,” Wang said. “So, each time you come in, we'll just need you to just give us a little you know, little wave of the card show us on your phone. You know, we just appreciate people helping us to stay safe to stay open. You know, it's really been a challenging year for film exhibition, and we have so many great films coming up. We're seeing people really responding well to them. And this allows us to, to accommodate them in the theater. We've sold out the last couple of weekends and it's just heartbreaking to turn people away and you're we know we have more seats, but we can't do it at this point. So that'll allow us to accommodate a little more folks in the theater.

If someone can’t provide or is unwilling to provide proof of vaccination, she says they will issue refunds.

Also, the call is out for volunteers to help during the Sundance Film Festival at the Library Theater. It’s their largest fundraiser.

“We need over 100 volunteers to help us out,” Wang said. “We've got about 220 shifts to fill between January 19 and 31st. That includes you know, setup and breakdown. And in exchange for people's labor and joy of cinema, they'll get either vouchers to the Sundance Film Festival or Park City Film tickets so that they can go enjoy film either films during the festival or certainly afterwards. You will need to be fully vaccinated to be a volunteer with us and for Sundance. That's a requirement from the festival as well as from Park City Film. And then of course, wear a mask at all times. So, just to be clear, this is not part of the Sundance Film Festival volunteer course you don't get a fancy jacket, or you know, nice swag, but you do get a lot of love and help us bring back some of those great films from the festival back to our community.”

A full list of the upcoming film screenings, including those online, are at parkictyfilm.org.