The Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center in Patchogue will reopen Thanksgiving weekend with screenings of Kenneth Branagh’s “Belfast.”
The semi-autobiographical drama about a boy growing up in Northern Ireland in 1969, has been a critical success and is regarded as a strong Oscar contender. The 2 p.m. screening on Nov. 26 will become the Plaza’s first since closing in March 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With its reopening announcement, the Plaza joins a handful of local cinemas that are getting back to business or have announced plans to do so. The Sag Harbor Cinema reopened in April following a long renovation. The Herricks Cinemas, operated by Bow Tie Cinemas in New Hyde Park, relaunched Nov. 14. Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre, one of the oldest art-house theaters in the country, recently announced that it would reopen Feb. 4 with new seats, carpeting and lighting.
The Plaza, a nonprofit venue, has promised to extend all memberships through October. Tickets for the general public are $9. “Belfast” is scheduled to run through Dec. 9.