How Winston-Salem’s art house cinema has used virtual screenings to bring movies to the masses.

On March 13, Lawren Desai and the staff at a/perture cinema in downtown Winston-Salem were trying to figure out if they could space people apart in their screening rooms.

But with the country locking down due to COVID-19, and health officials urging people to avoid large groups, Desai, the theater’s executive director, quickly figured that reducing capacity would not only be difficult, but probably wouldn’t be all that safe anyway.

The projectors went dark.Posters for “Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” a teen pregnancy drama slated to open that weekend, still hang in the atrium outside a/perture. Bottles of hand sanitizer occupy the […]


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