Historic Rio Theatre Back Open as of Friday June 18

The Rio Theatre in Center is opening for business again this Friday. “It so exciting to see this day
finally come but we are also a bit nervous,” reported owners Mike and Nita Adkison. “It is
almost like opening a new business after being closed for 15 months.”

The Rio closed under COPVID-19 restrictions on March 20, 2020, marking the first time it was
closed since opening in 1926. “We thought it would be a temporary thing that would only last
about three weeks and our world would get straightened out,” said the Adkisons. “Little did we
know that it would last this long and that covid would effect so many lives. We still pray for
those families that lost loved ones to the virus and many other aspects of their lives that were
affected. Our family was fortunate enough to make it through this difficult time with minor
bumps and bruises from the business being closed.”

The Adkison’s original plan was to open June 25 with The Fast Saga, but made a change
after some thought. “Thinking about how blessed we have been during this time,” they
reported, “We wanted to give God the glory for bringing us through the pandemic, so we
decided to open a week early with the faith-based movie, The Girl Who Believes In Miracles.
Check the Rio’s ad in today’s edition of The Light and Champion for dates and times, or like the
Rio Movie Theatre on Facebook for more information.

Another factor in the long closure was waiting for Hollywood to release enough movies to keep
going once theaters reopened. But this Friday, the Rio is back. “We would like to add that since
we didn't have our utilities cut off during this down time,” they added, “We think we can still
claim to be the oldest single screen theatre in Texas still in operation.”

The Adkison’s encourage everyone to respect others and wear a mask when close to others at
the theatre except when eating and drinking. “We understand not everyone is comfortable
with masks, so we leave it to each individual to make this choice. We have sanitation in place at
the theatre for our customers. We are almost at the end of the tunnel so let's not give up yet
until our world is covid free.”

“Thanks to everyone in our community for your support during the pandemic and also the
facelift on the square,” the Adkison’s added. “All of this was very trying for our local businesses
but with everyone's support we came out on the other side. We can't thank you enough.”

The Light and Champion

137 San Augustine St.
Center TX 75935