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Galaxy Theatres Set Up ‘Virtual Cinema’
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Galaxy Theatre in Riverbank is closed temporarily. VIRGINIA STILL/THE NEWS

The empty parking lot and the deserted lobby of the Galaxy Theatre in Riverbank was an odd sight as the theatre is usually bustling with business and leaving a scent of freshly popped popcorn in the air. The doors were locked and a sign was posted on the door stating that they are “closed for business temporarily.”

As many businesses have felt the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic the theatre is as well and several movies that were highly anticipated to be released have been postponed. The release dates for several blockbuster films have been delayed until later this year or next year including Quiet Place 2, Top Gun: Maverick, and Fast & Furious 9, to name a few, for post-Coronavirus ticket sales.

In an email Galaxy sent to customers it stated that these are challenging times and they hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. All Galaxy Theatres are currently closed and most refunds for credit card purchases should be in process or completed. For cash purchases guests are asked to hold on to the tickets which will be addressed once the theatre is reopened.

For more information, call 888-407-9874 and follow prompts or email

Galaxy has also created a virtual cinema where the public can stream movies online to support the theatres until they are able to reopen. Movies can be rented for a specified amount with proceeds going to the Galaxy Theatre family. The movies can be accessed on their website at

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Though the doors may be closed at the Galaxy Theatres complex along Patterson Road, residents can still access movies via the local cinema. Virginia Still/The News