Survey: Most Denver theatregoers aren’t coming back anytime soon


Right away 34
Not right away, but probably within a few months 51
Not until there is a vaccine in place 15

How do you feel about each of the following potential safety procedures?

Non-performing theatre employees wearing masks and gloves at all times within the theatre and surrounding areas (in percentages):

Definitely want this 59
Nice to have 31
Don’t care 6
Definitely don’t want 4

Maintain at least 6 feet between patrons in the audience (in percentages):

Definitely want this 47
Nice to have 43
Don’t care 6
Definitely don’t want 4

Requiring all guests in the lobby, theatre and surrounding areas to wear masks (in percentages):

Definitely want this 67
Nice to have 23
Don’t care 7
Definitely don’t want 3

Daily Covid-19 screening performed on all employees entering the building (in percentages):

Definitely want this 46
Nice to have 41
Don’t care 11
Definitely don’t want 2

Providing hand sanitizer at the entryway, at my seat, and throughout the theatre (in percentages):

Definitely want this 75
Nice to have 22
Don’t care 2
Definitely don’t want 1

Closing the bar to prevent crowding (in percentages):

Definitely want this 27
Nice to have 30
Don’t care 16
Definitely don’t want 27

Enforcing a no coughing or sneezing policy in the theatre (in percentages):

Definitely want this 20
Nice to have 33
Don’t care 21
Definitely don’t want 26

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By John Moore

Award-winning arts journalist John Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the United States by American Theatre Magazine during has 12 years at The Denver Post. Hen then created a groundbreaking new media outlet covering Colorado arts an culture as an in-house, multimedia journalist for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He also founded The Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that has raised more than $600,000 for theatre artists in medical need. He is now a journalist for hire as the founder of Moore Media Colorado. You can find samples of his work at MooreJohn.Com. Contact him at