Vashon Theatre to Re-open
Vashon Theatre will re-open its doors to in-person audiences on Friday, Nov. 6, in accordance with Gov. Jay Inslee’s recent allowance for movie theaters in Phase 2 counties to operate at 25% capacity.
The new Kevin Costner and Diane Laine drama/thriller, “Let Him Go,” will light up the big screen for the reopening.
In the seven-plus months since the theater has been closed because of the pandemic, its independent owners, the Wolcott family, have stayed busy — running the popular Night Light Drive-In at Open Space for Arts & Community, but also renovating their theater. Audiences on Nov. 6 will find new flooring and chairs as well as freshly painted walls at the historic movie theatre.
COVID safety protocols will make for a more streamlined entry into the theater: all tickets and concessions for shows must now be purchased in advance at vashontheatre.com. Audience members — who are required to sit at least six feet apart from other family groups — will check-in at the concession stand, where they will be given a light-up pager that will be activated when it is their turn to pick up their popcorn, candy and drinks.
“I think that everyone will enjoy not standing in line but instead melting into a comfortable rock back chair,” said Eileen Wolcott.
Wolcott also said that the air inside the theatre will be flushed out with giant exhaust fans and strict cleaning protocols will be in place.
For more information, visit vashontheatre.com.
‘The Body Politic’ at Kronos
A large painting by William Stoneham, “The Body Politic,” is now showing at Kronos, in downtown Vashon.
Owner Claudia Kimball urges all islanders to stop by and look at the painting, which was painted in 2007, because she feels it is “extremely relevant during the conditions everyone is facing.”
The painting will remain on view through the election but be taken down before Thanksgiving.
“I have come to think of ‘The Body Politic’ as looking through a lens of perspective in time that is both past and present,” Kimball said. “It takes me away from binary thinking and into thinking about the process of power itself.”
Reduce Stress and Breathe Deep
The Senior Center’s Mindfulness Cafe, led by Wade Yip, offers a way of reducing stress with easy breathing exercises, guided meditation or a chance to do nothing and just listen to the sound of silence; 9:30 a.m. Fridays. Log onto vashoncenter.org/virtual-activities for the ID number and to find other virtual clubs and activities. Everyone is welcome.