Lincoln Theater, located at 2 Theater Street in Damariscotta, will reopen on Friday, March 19, at 7 p.m. with showings of the film “Nomadland.” The theater will hold a Zoom meeting on Friday, March 12, at 2 p.m. to address questions about the new ticketing process, safety protocols and other reopening plans. To receive the link to attend, email

According to a news release, the theater has made a number of changes to the facility and to operating procedures to create a safe environment, including upgrading its ventilation system so that the entire air mass moves through a new disinfection structure comprised of filters, UV-C lights and bipolar ionization approximately every 10 minutes. Indoor air is fully replaced with outdoor air twice hourly; about 30% of the inside air is replaced every 10 minutes.

Masks will be required for both staff and patrons the entire time they are in the building. No concessions will be sold, and no outside food or drink will be allowed.

All tickets must be purchased online, in advance. The ticketing process allows seat selection and self check-in. The system will automatically generate six feet of distance between parties, and multiple rows will be blocked off. The system will also enable secure contact tracing. Seats will be limited to a maximum of 50 people at this time.

An online application, the “MIT COVID-19 Indoor Safety Guideline,” allows users to adjust parameters such as ventilation, mask use and room size to estimate the indoor transmission risk for SARS-CoV-2 in various types of spaces. Using Lincoln Theater specifics based on the model, it should be safe (airborne transmission only) for Lincoln Theater to have 50 people inside for four days straight.

Ticket prices remain $8 for adults, $6 for Lincoln Theater members and youth ages 18 and under. Visit for information, tickets, frequently asked questions and more.