The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

CinemaSafe Guidelines for Reopening

After over a year of pandemic closure, The Frida Cinema will reopen its doors on Tuesday, April 20th. We will be following local, state, and federal guidelines. In addition, The National Association of Theatre Owners has enacted CinemaSafe, which are recommendations of health experts to address the specific environment of movie theaters addressing everything from mobile ticketing to air filtration. You can expect these protocols to be present at the Frida. We look forward to seeing you at the movies!

CinemaSafe Health & Safety Guidelines


Masks Required

All employees must wear a face covering or mask. 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.


Reduced Capacity

Theaters will explore novel options to minimize the number of patrons in an auditorium. Appropriate physical distancing must be maintained at all times between patrons, except members of the same household or those that attend together.


Air Filtration

All HVAC systems should be in working order with increased ventilation whenever possible.


Frequent Hand-washing

Employees should be trained on hand-hygiene practices, and are required to wash hands frequently at easily-accessible hand-washing facilities.


Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol (EPA approved ethanol or isopropyl) will be liberally placed in easily accessible public areas and patrons will be encouraged by staff and appropriately placed signage to practice hand hygiene.


Enhanced Cleaning

Auditoriums should be carefully disinfected between movie screenings. High-touch surfaces should be wiped down periodically with EPA-registered disinfectant.


Employee Health Training

All employees should be trained on the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 as well as local theatre policies and procedures.


Modified Concessions

Minimize cash transactions and encourage credit cards or contactless payments whenever possible. Theaters will eliminate communal food and condiments that requires shared serving utensils or equipment.


Mobile Ticketing

Tickets sales should be available online or via phone whenever feasible to reduce the need to stand in line for tickets. Alternatives to paper tickets should be used whenever possible.


Not Feeling Well?
Stay Home.

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 and we welcome you to join us again in the future.