Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

At the Movies: Popcorn protocol for reopenings

Saturday, July 11, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

When movie theaters reopen in the Lehigh Valley, plan to have some protocol with your popcorn.

In an update, among first-run movie theaters, AMC Cinema, which had announced plans to open its movie theaters July 15, has pushed back its reopening to July 30, with its 600 theaters in the United States to be in full operation by early August, AMC CEO Adam Aron said in a June 29 statement.

Regal Cinema, which had announced plans to reopen its multiplexes July 10, has pushed back its reopening date until July 31, according to its website.

2020 Allentown Fair joins Das Awkscht Fescht, others in coronavirus pandemic cancellations

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has wiped out yet another 2020 entertainment staple: funnel cakes and all that goes with it at the granddaddy of all events in the Lehigh Valley, The Great Allentown Fair, Sept. 1-7.

It’s only the third time that the Fair has been canceled in its 169-year history.

The last time the Fair was canceled was in 1917 and 1918 when the 48-acre Allentown Fairgrounds became a staging area and training camp, known as Camp Crane, for the United States Army Ambulance Service during World War I.

8 DAYS A WEEK, Your Look Ahead at Valley Arts: Coronavirus comebacks at LV Zoo, America on Wheels, SteelStacks

Saturday, July 4, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

With the Lehigh Valley in the Green Phase, some arts, cultural and entertainment venues are reopening on a limited basis.

However, there are still additional cancellations and postponements.

Following is an overview, as of the deadline for the July 1 and 2 Lehigh Valley Press Focus section, of some of the coronavirus comebacks and setbacks.

Venues are following the coronavirus (COVID-19) protocol of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and municipal governments.

Bethlehem Fireworks, SteelsStacks concert

Coming soon: A movie theater to reopen near you

Saturday, July 4, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Summer at the movies should be the time of blockbusters.

Instead, Summer 2020 is the summer of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

With movie theaters closed for approximately three months in the United States, nearly every man’s and woman’s home is not only his or her castle but has become a movie palace.

That may change in July with national first-run movie theater chains expected to reopen.

Appropriately enough in light, or dark, in the time of coronavirus, “Unhinged” is the first new theatrical release scheduled to open.

At the Movies: What’s playing at The Roxy?

Saturday, June 27, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

In the musical, “Guys and Dolls,” Nicely-Nicely Johnson and Benny Southstreet ask, “What’s playing at the Roxy? ... I’ll tell you what’s playing at the Roxy.”

The answer for what’s playing at The Roxy movie theater in Northampton, Pennsylvania, is: Nothing.

And nothing will be playing at The Roxy anytime soon.

When coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shutdowns spread across the United States and the world, the release dates of movies were postponed.

Coronavirus impact: Apocalypse now? Rob Zombie, others, not at Musikfest 2020

Friday, June 19, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Zombie apocalypse is not exactly upon us, but Musikfest is the latest, and biggest, Lehigh Valley arts and entertainment event to succumb to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

And it’s not only because Rob Zombie won’t be in Bethlehem Aug. 2 to headline a Wind Creek Steel Stage concert Musikfest.

Musikfest 2020 headliners concerts gone with the Wind Creek Steel Stage

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Zombie apocalypse is not exactly upon us, but Musikfest is the latest, and biggest, Lehigh Valley arts and entertainment event to succumb to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shutdown.

Officials of ArtsQuest, which presents the 10-day music and food extravaganza that attracts an estimated 1 million to the south side, and downtown and historic Industrial Area of Bethlehem, announced that Muskikfest headliners concerts at the Wind Creek Steel Stage have been postponed with one exception, which is a cancellation.

Coronavirus impact: Baum School of Art planning 35th auction as online bid and buy

Friday, June 5, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Last of three parts

The Baum School of Art annual auction is one of the most fun-filled events on the Lehigh Valley arts and cultural calendar.

The Baum auction, a glittering light on the fundraiser circuit, attracts hundreds of art devotees to the school’s center city location for an evening of fine art and frivolity.

There’s the silent auction of work by Lehigh Valley artists past and present with some 200 pieces displayed in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries.

Coronavirus cancellations: Levitt Pavilion concerts, Shinedown at Musikfest, Kutztown Folk Festival

Saturday, May 30, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

An announcement about the 2020 edition of Musikfest is expected the week of June 7, according to ArtsQuest officials.

Meanwhile, the Levitt Pavilion concerts at SteelStacks on Bethlehem’s southside, are going virtual, at least to start the 10th annual season with “Levitt in Your Living Room,” Thursdays - Saturdays, which began May 28.

Musikfest, July 31 - Aug. 9, SteelStacks and downtown Bethlehem, is still on, as is the Great Allentown Fair, Sept. 1-7, as of the publication date for this article.

Freddys tribute telecast May 21 on WFMZ

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The “Freddy Awards: A Television Special Celebrating the High School Musical Class of 2020” will be telecast, 7 - 10 p.m. May 21, 69-WFMZ, a partner with the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

The 18th annual Freddy Awards isn’t being presented because of the public and charter schools shutdown mandated by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The TV special is a tribute to the Freddy Awards and especially high school seniors who participated in the 2020 musical productions, most of which were not presented because of the pandemic-mandated shutdowns.