In an emotional Facebook post, a Hopkins movie theater announced that it will be permanently closing its doors after Gov. Tim Walz ordered a second statewide shutdown.
Walz’s latest executive order went into effect Saturday and mandates the closure of bars, restaurants, pools, gyms, indoor entertainment venues like movie theaters and arcades, and outdoor entertainment venues. The order also places a four-week ban on social gatherings.
The governor cited record COVID-19 case growth and hospital admissions in issuing the order.
With “a heavy heart,” Mann Hopkins Cinema 6 announced its permanent closure “effective immediately” Thursday.
“While Hopkins Cinema 6 did all it could to adjust, it is not enough to stay afloat, and we sadly join a growing number of small businesses and movie theatres closing permanently,” said the Facebook post. “Hopkins Cinema 6 has been a proud community partner in the Hopkins area for over 20 years. We have watched the downtown area grow by leaps and bounds, and have enjoyed serving the Hopkins community.”
Nathan Block, owner of Woodbury 10 Theatre, said his business has “struggled so hard” since reopening in July, all while operating at a 95% revenue loss and “with virtually no new product.”
“I cannot begin to tell you how devastating this is for us,” he said. “And now right as we were about to get something great (CROODS 2), we get shut down again. I am just heartbroken.”