Late on Friday afternoon at Century Cinema 16 in Mountain View, fewer than 30 seats were occupied in one of the nearly 200-seat cinemas, but for moviegoers who saw “The Boss Baby: Family Business” it was a piece of prepandemic normality – without Masking, proof of vaccination, or physical distancing. Children giggled in the dark; greasy fingers dipped in bucket with popcorn.
The cinema complex looked pretty much as it always did, with the water fountains turned off, stickers on the toilet floors still telling guests to “play your part; keep your distance” and workers wearing face-covers.
Two weeks after the state officially reopened and many shutdown regulations lifted, major venues along the Midpeninsula are taking time to get back online. Some, like Century 16, have resumed business largely normally, leaving the decisions about masking and physical distancing entirely up to customers.
Others, like the Shoreline Amphitheater, haven’t welcomed the public yet. The parking lot, which is famous for its post-concert collapse, is almost deserted. Within the metal entrance gates, yellow “caution tape” remains lined up between trees and poles. Above the ticket window, the marquee does not have the names of upcoming attractions, but rather “wishes you were here”.
The venue’s website has the first show this summer on August 21: Country singer / songwriter Dierks Bentley’s “Beers on Me” tour. The health and safety regulations posted on the website cite the CDC’s recommendation that unvaccinated individuals wear face covers. However, there is no policy requiring attendees at the 22,500-seat venue to verify their full vaccination status or show a negative COVID-19 test, despite the California Department of Health’s “strong recommendation” that anyone with more than 10,000 people do so.
Live Nation, which operates the amphitheater, did not respond to multiple requests for an interview for this article.
Elsewhere on the Midpeninsula, other venues are gradually rolling out outdoor events this summer, with clear plans for indoor performances to resume soon.
The Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts (MVCPA) in Castro St. 500 has reopened. Live shows recently reopened in its ParkStage outdoor space, which can seat up to 300 people with lawn seating, and in the small SecondStage space that has a capacity of 200.
As of June 25, the Mountain View venue was not yet offering tickets to productions on its 600-seat MainStage, which features cultural companies like TheatreWorks, but Marketing and Public Relations Manager Shonda Ranson said she hoped the MainStage events in August to be resumed. She directed the public to check the internet for updates Center website.
June all employees and volunteers of MVCPA wear masks and keep a physical distance if possible. No masks or distancing are required for fully vaccinated participants, the website states, while unvaccinated participants must keep masks and distance.
At Stanford University, the Frost Amphitheater outdoor concert hall reopened on April 29 with less than 5% capacity and 400 visitors per event to show films. Stanford Live will start on Wednesday Concert and ballet performances added to its line-up at Frost and increased the audience capacity to 20% or 1,660 people for July, with a larger audience allowed in August.
Citing the latest state, county, and university guidelines dated July 2, audiences at the Frost Amphitheater are not required to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or full vaccination. Masks are optional for vaccinated guests and required for unvaccinated guests.
Stanford Live has a August also planned its first indoor performance of the year at the Bing Concert Hall: the premiere of “The No One’s Rose,” a co-production by Stanford Live, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (PBO) and the American Modern Opera company.
The show combines music, dance, and theater with the work of Paul Celan, a poet and Holocaust survivor. In the run-up to the premiere, the artists will take part in a two-week residency at Stanford Live.
Masks are required for all visitors to indoor shows Stanford Live website.
An indoor venue that’s already back and 100% busy: the Cantor Arts Center in Stanford, which can accommodate 2,000 visitors a day between Wednesday and Sunday. It began to reopen gradually in April when it invited students and museum members to its first visitors and then launched a “Welcome Back” advertising campaign. The museum had a capacity of 25% at the time and required visitors to follow a time-controlled reservation system.
Since reopening on June 15, Cantor has switched from a time-controlled reservation system to all-day reservations, which are free of charge. The museum continues to require all visitors to wear masks, in line with the university’s recommendations. The website continues to encourage people to maintain social distance from others in the museum.
“It was important for Cantor staff to open with limited capacity when it was considered safe in April because we know the museum is a place of community, even from a distance,” said Elizabeth Kathleen Mitchell, interim Co-director and the Burton and Deedee McMurtry curator at Cantor Arts Center, said in a statement. “Since then we have increased the capacity to 100% and we look forward to welcoming even more visitors to the galleries and the museum grounds in summer and autumn when we Paper Chase: Ten years of collecting prints, drawings and photographs around the cantor . “
For sports fans, cheering for the Cardinal should feel familiar this fall: Stanford Athletics plans to welcome fans to its indoor and outdoor competition venues with no capacity restrictions, and soccer tailgating is expected to be allowed as well, the university shared Week with.
The first home football game will be against UCLA on September 25th.
“We’re excited to be back at Stanford Stadium this season, playing in front of our students, fans and alumni,” said David Shaw, Bradford M. Freeman director of football, in a press release. “We have one of the toughest, most exciting schedules in the nation.”
All home sports events are conducted in accordance with state health guidelines, as well as county and campus guidelines, the university said. Specific protocols will be announced at the beginning of the season. Further information is published at gostanford.com.