The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic caused many movie houses to close and for people to quarantine and to “socially distance” themselves. The Colonial Theatre (Phoenixville, PA) closed, but put on its marque on March 18, 2020:
“NOW SHOWING: NO CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF ANY KIND.”
The pun is on the title of the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). “No Close Encounters of Any Kind #socialdistancingmovies” was posted on Twitter by Gerard Sheehy on March 20, 2020. “No Close Encounters of Any Kind #QuarantineAFilm” was posted on Twitter by Spacecat Spliff on March 24, 2020.
Wikipedia: 2019-20 coronavirus outbreak
The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China, in December 2019, and was recognised as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020.
Wikipedia: Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a 1977 American science fiction film written and directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban, Cary Guffey, and François Truffaut. It tells the story of Roy Neary, an everyday blue-collar worker in Indiana, whose life changes after an encounter with an unidentified flying object (UFO).
And that’s how the Colonial does it…. No close encounters of any kind!
7:16 PM · Mar 18, 2020·Twitter for Android
March 18, 2020 at 8:31 PM ·
The Colonial Theatre is NOW SHOWING:
“No close encounters of any kind”
The Times Herald (Montgomery County, PA)
Not Playing at The Colonial Theatre ...
Mar 19, 2020 Updated Mar 19, 2020
Like all entertainment venues in Pennsylvania, The Colonial Theatre on Bridge Street in Phoenixville was forced to shut its doors under orders from Gov. Tom Wolf as Pennsylvania attempts to curb the spread of the coronavirus. But that didn’t stop theater management from sharing a laugh on the marquee.
submitted photo by Brian Pomento
March 20, 2020 at 1:30 AM ·
On the movie marquee in my town:
NO CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF ANY KIND
No Close Encounters of Any Kind #socialdistancingmovies
1:53 PM · Mar 20, 2020·Twitter for iPhone
Replying to @RickSerranoLAT and @omyword
No Close Encounters of Any Kind
Six Feet of Separation
11:37 AM · Mar 21, 2020·Twitter Web App
Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer
‘I hate coronavirus’: A child’s take on Week 1 of isolation as surreal becomes normal | Maria Panaritis
Updated: March 22, 2020 - 5:00 AM
by Maria Panaritis
(The Colonial Theatre marquee is shown.—ed.)
Movie reboots for the COVID-19 era:
No Close Encounters of Any Kind
A Zoom with a View
Cool Hand Sanitizer, Luke
10:23 AM · Mar 22, 2020·Twitter for iPhone
No Close Encounters of Any Kind #QuarantineAFilm
3:24 AM · Mar 24, 2020·Twitter Web App
Right, hit me with your best #Lockdown movie titles…
1. No Close Encounters Of Any Kind
2. Social Distancing Network
3. No Bog Roll For Old Men
4. Home Alone
5. Ferris Bueller’s 12 Weeks Off
6. Home School Musical
3:34 PM · Mar 24, 2020 from West Bridgford, England·Twitter for iPhone
Film of the day: No close encounters of any kind. #blijfinuwkot #lockdown
5:02 PM · Mar 25, 2020·Twitter for iPhone
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