By Ruben Lowman
The Alabama Theatre at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach reopened its doors to the public for the first time in more than five months last week as a result of the constraints placed on performing venues during the coronavirus pandemic.
The theatre will return with its world-famous “One The Show” and plans to have headlining concerts by featured performers beginning next year.
Bands and artists such as The Righteous Brothers, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Temptations, The Drifters, The Platters and Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, the Little River Band, The Four Tops and much more have already rescheduled their shows for next year.
The flagship “One The Show” production typically goes through a few changes throughout the year to keep the show fresh for audiences. As a result of the five-month gap due to COVID-19 restrictions the theatre will resume its show they began in February before the pandemic hit.
Gov. Henry McMaster permitted performance venues, theatres and sports stadiums to reopen beginning last month with restrictions on how many people are allowed to be inside.
The governor signed an executive order reducing their capacity to 250 people or 50 percent occupancy, depending on which number is lower. There is also a special exemption waiver that venues can apply for.
The Alabama Theatre is offering a promotional buy-one-get-one-free ticket for locals and tourists alike to come and watch award-winning live entertainment for the first time in nearly six months, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The theatre is also rolling out safety protocols to promote social distancing and protect patrons.
They will have rows that are specifically used for coming and going into the theatre, empty rows and seats surrounding the different parties, daily cleaning and disinfecting and hand sanitizer widely prevalent throughout the venue.
Face masks or coverings will be required for all staff and for patrons until they are seated or situated.
The theatre also installed an ultraviolet lighting system that cleans the air backstage around every five minutes to help protect its performers.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit their website at https://www.alabama-theatre.com.