The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

CinemaSafe Guidelines for Reopening


The Frida Cinema’s doors have reopened, and our screens once again lit with great cinema! For the safety of our guests, volunteers, and staff, we are following local, state, and federal guidelines, as well as the National Association of Theatre Owners’ CinemaSafe guidlines, which are recommendations of health experts to address the specific environment of movie theaters. We look forward to seeing you at the movies!


CinemaSafe Health & Safety Guidelines

Masks Required

All guests, employees, and volunteers must wear a face covering or mask inside our lobby and auditoriums.  Guests will be allowed to lower their masks once in their auditorium seats, and only when taking a bite or a drink.  Patrons must wear a face covering at all times, except as noted by the CDC and herein. Those who are unwilling to wear a face covering will be denied entry.


Social Distancing

Appropriate physical distancing must be maintained at all times between patrons, except members of the same household or those that attend together.  To help ensure this, we have roped off every other row in both our auditoriums.

Reduced Capacity

Current California state regulations suggest a maximum capacity of 50%, a guideline that The Frida Cinema is exceeding by limiting our auditoriums to an even lower 40%.  Guests are asked to maintain appropriate physical distancing between patrons, except members of the same household or those that attend together.

Air Filtration

The Frida Cinema has installed new MERV-13 air filters in all of our HVAC units, and have ensured that all systems are in working order.

Frequent Hand-washing

Employees have been trained on hand-hygiene practices, and are required to wash hands frequently at easily-accessible hand-washing facilities.  Guests are encouraged to wash their hands regularly.

Hand Sanitizer

Complimentary hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol (EPA approved ethanol or isopropyl) have been liberally placed in easily accessible public areas throughout the lobby, including a new touchless dispenser at our front door.

Enhanced Cleaning

Auditoriums have been carefully disinfected, and high-touch surfaces will be wiped down periodically with EPA-registered disinfectant.

Employee Health Training

All employees have been trained on the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, as well as theatre policies and procedures.

Mobile Ticketing

In the effort to limit the hand-to-hand transfer of paper tickets, we encourage our guests to purchase their tickets online through our website. We will however sell tickets at the door, and our volunteers will wear gloves to further reduce risk of contamination.

Not Feeling Well? Stay Home, and Rest Up!

If you are experiencing a fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, or other symptoms that could be related to COVID-19, please stay home,rest up, and we welcome you to join us again in the future!