Lincoln Movie Theatre Offers Vaccinated-Only Showings

Jan. 19, 2022, 6 p.m. ·

Outside of Grand Theatre in Downtown Lincoln. The sign says GRAND in big orange letters with a blue background.
Grand Theatre in Lincoln will offer vaccination-only theatres starting Friday. (Photo courtesy of Marcus Theatres)

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A Lincoln movie theatre will offer vaccinated-only shows starting this Friday.

The Grand Theatre in Downtown Lincoln will run two shows in theatres reserved for people who have been vaccinated. Showing a vaccination card and a photo I.D. will be required to enter.

Clint Wisalowski is the senior vice president of business development for Marcus Theatres, which owns The Grand Theatre. He said the idea was tested in November in Omaha and it was clear movie fans wanted options.

“If some want to see the film this way, we want to be able to provide that choice,” Wisialowski said. “For those who don’t, we absolutely want to be able to provide another choice for them to come and see it, without having to whip out the vaccine card.”

The two vaccinated-only shows will also be available in a different theater without the vaccine-specific requirement. Schedules will change week to week for which movies are offered in vaccinated-only theaters. Wisialowski said Marcus Theatres will adhere to Lincoln’s mask mandate regardless of which show someone attends.

The policy applies to people of all ages. According to Marcus Theatres’ website, fully vaccinated is defined as two weeks after receiving a second Pfizer or Moderna dose or getting one Johnson & Johnson dose.