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Tybee’s polar plunge adding virtual twist: covid safety precautions

By Mariah Congedo/WTOC-TV

The Tybee Polar Plunge is a long tradition that brings in thousands of people from across the country every year. This year, organizers still wanted to give those eager to take the plunge the opportunity, but by doing so in a safe way.

Typically, the beach would be full of people in costumes jumping into the cold water, but the Tybee Post Theater didn’t want to encourage the crowds of people. Instead, people can take a video of themselves taking the plunge from anywhere they want.

This year marks the twenty-second year of the plunge. On New Year’s Day at noon, people who’ve registered can jump in the water from anywhere they choose.

The plunge benefits the Tybee Post Theater, and Executive Director Melissa Turner says with how hurt they are financially from this year they knew they had to find a way to put on the event. Those who plunge are asked to take videos or pictures of themselves to submit to the event’s Facebook page.

Turner says they’ll still be giving out prizes to winners of various categories and the opportunity to take part in the popular “Gang of Goofs” costume contest. Turner says so far, they have about 600 people registered. See more ….

Tybee Post Theater Reopening Its Doors For The Holidays

Tybee Post Theater Reopening Its Doors For The Holidays

It’s Lights On for the Holidays at Tybee’s only performing arts and movie theater! After remaining dark since the middle of March due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Tybee Post Theater is lighting up the Theater with a glorious holiday light display that should be the backdrop of every Tybee Christmas card photo.

Even better, the Theater is finally opening its doors and welcoming the Tybee community and its visitors to a spirit-lifting series of holiday movies every weekend in December.

The movies will start screening Thanksgiving weekend and continue through Christmas. We’ll get a chance to see everything from “A Christmas Story” and “A Christmas Carol” to “Elf,” “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and “Scrooged” on the big screen. And don’t we all need a break from our small screens!

The holiday movies will be screened twice a day, at 3 & 7 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with titles changing each day. Fridays will feature some of the most popular holiday movies; Saturdays will feature the classics, and Sundays will be strictly family-friendly fare. The first weekend in December, for example, will feature “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” on Friday, “A Christmas Story” on Saturday and “Elf” on Sunday. You’ve seen these movies time and time again on your televisions, but there is really nothing like the theatrical experience in your own historic hometown cinema with family and friends.

The holiday series opens Thanksgiving weekend Nov. 27-28 with that quintessential Christmas classic, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” on Friday at 7 pm; and Saturday at 3 and 7 pm. Sunday features “The Santa Clause” at 3 and 7 pm.
 “Could there be a better film than ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ to lift our spirits and give us hope that all will eventually be right with the world in the weeks and months to come?” said Executive Director Melissa Turner. “We wanted to open our doors with a film about kindness and the value of every human life.”

The Theater has spent the past few months redefining the theater experience with the health and safety of its patrons, staff and volunteers at the forefront of updated safety and sanitation policies.

Most important, the theater will operate at a significantly lower capacity. Only 35 percent of the seats will sold for any show, allowing for greater than 6-foot social distancing between family groups. Movie tickets will be general admission and ushers will assist households in seating themselves at comfortable distances from others. Other safety procedures include:

  • Touch-free hand sanitizer stations will be available at the box office, as well as in the lobby and auditorium
  • Staff and volunteers will be wearing masks, and concessions staff also wear gloves
  • Face coverings will be required for all guests when not eating or drinking in your seats
  • High-touch areas, such as counter tops and door handles, will be sanitized during the shows
  • The auditorium will be disinfected with a fogger between every screening
  • Contactless ticketing and payment options will be available
The Theater understands and respects the fact that some patrons will still be uncomfortable returning to a theater environment, or any venue with indoor seating, at this time. But many others are eager to engage in community activities in an environment that has taken as many safety precautions as possible. And, as Tybee’s only performing arts and movie theater, the Post wants to bring a little joy to our beleaguered world and welcome its residents and visitors back to the movies.
The Tybee Post Theater movie listings can be found on the Post’s website at , its Facebook page, or by calling the Theater at 912-472-4790.
2021 Tybee Polar Plunge goes virtual

2021 Tybee Polar Plunge goes virtual

We couldn’t let a year go by — not even this year! — without the return of the world-famous, Guinness-World-Record-setting Tybee Polar Plunge! So, it’s back! With a pandemic twist!

This year, the Tybee Post Theater’s big annual fundraiser is going virtual! You can take the Plunge anywhere you want! It’s still on New Year’s Day at high noon, but you pick the body of water.  From Long Beach to Long Island, and yes, anywhere along the Tybee beach, we don’t care!

For the past 22 years, the annual New Year’s Day Tybee Polar Plunge has been held at the Tybee Pier and Pavilion, where several thousand brave souls would gather to stampede together into the chilly waters of the Atlantic Ocean en masse. This year, due to the ongoing pandemic and restrictions on large gatherings of people, the Tybee Post Theater decided the event would go on, but go on virtually.

Tybee Polar Plunge goes virtual

Tybee Polar Plunge goes virtual

By WSAV Staff

The annual Tybee Polar Plunge is going virtual.

For the past 22 years, the Tybee Polar Plunge has been held at the Tybee Pier and Pavilion, where several thousand people have run into the chilly waters of the Atlantic Ocean at once.

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tybee Post Theater’s annual fundraiser will be held virtually. The event will still be held on New Year’s Day at high noon, but participants can choose to take the plunge anywhere they want. Read more:

With help from a grant, the Tybee Post Theater looks to host shows another day

Bi Lanie Peterson/DoSavannah

Helping the Tybee Post Theater survive the pandemic, the Georgia Council for the Arts has given the nonprofit a $15,000 grant, theater officials have announced.

The so-called “resiliency grant” pays for ongoing expenses by the historic theater since it closed in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic and began rescheduling dozens of concerts, movies and other entertainment for fall or next year,

It comes on top of a federal loan/grant of $24,500 that the theater received in April – also because of the pandemic. That loan which is administered U.S. Small Business Administration through its Paycheck Protection Program “is expected to be forgiven, thereby making it a grant,” said theater officials in a July 9 press release.

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The Post Theater’s reopening plan

During this ongoing break, we have dedicated our time to improving and redefining the Theater experience with the health and safety of our fans, artists, and staff at the forefront of our updated policies. While live events and movies may not be fully returning just yet, we will be ready when they are! We’d like to share some of the new safety guidelines and changes you will see when we bring back the safe return of concerts and movies to the Tybee Post Theater.
  • Touch-free hand sanitizer stations will be available in the lobby and auditorium
  • Our staff and volunteers will be wearing masks and gloves
  • We’ll require masks for all guests when not eating or drinking
  • We’ll reduce capacity to allow for social distancing as long as necessary
  • Contactless payment options will be available at the box office and concession stand
  • We’ll continue to keep the Theater clean and sanitized throughout the shows

We promise we will continue to monitor the latest guidance from local health officials as well as CDC guidelines and reopen the Tybee Post Theater just as soon as we can. We hope to be back better and stronger than ever!

Post Theater rescheduling October concerts

Post Theater rescheduling October concerts

In the utmost of caution, the Tybee Post Theater is rescheduling its upcoming October live music concerts into the spring due to the lingering impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the state of Georgia has allowed movie theaters and music venues to reopen, it is currently limiting capacity in these venues to allow for social distancing. Since most of the Post Theater’s concerts feature national or regional touring bands or artists that typically play in larger venues, limited seating in the already small music hall would not be economically viable. And until the Theater can bring back a full house of enthusiastic patrons  for its live music events, these shows will have to be put on hold.
However, the Theater will likely reopen for movies once the movie studios beginning issuing big new releases.  Due to the coronavirus pandemic the major Hollywood studios have been forced to change their blockbuster-release schedule until movie theaters across the country could reopen. Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated action thriller, “Tenet,” was released in September, but did not draw the audience anticipated. And as a result, some Hollywood studios have pulled back their planned fall releases and are holding them until the new year.
Several theater chains, including AMC and Regal, with multiplexes in Savannah,  reopened in late August or early September. But, following the dismal reaction to “Tenet,” Regal has already closed its theaters once again.
The Post Theater’s first priority is the health and safety of its patrons, performers, employees and the community. Tickets already purchased for rescheduled events will be valid for the new dates. Ticket buyers will be notified by email of the option to hold onto their tickets or seek a refund if they can’t attend on the rescheduled night. All rescheduled dates also will be announced on the Theater website and Facebook page.

Team Quarantine: Quarantine Concerts series helps musicians find home in uncertain times

By Laura Pleasants/Do Savannah
Like many of you, I am sick of hearing and reading the phrase “In these are uncertain times.” But somewhere between media–bred fear tactics and reality, the truth is there.

By now, Do Savannah readers should know about the Quarantine Concert Series happening at the Tybee Island Theater and (mainly) online. We’ve been following Michael Gaster and his team of dedicated individuals throughout the past couple of months. Do Savannah contributor Laura Pleasants caught up with Gaster recently via email to get the scoop on how they operate.

Do: How many concerts have you done to date?

Gastor: “Our first performance was with Jason Bible on March 21, (and) our 29th event (was) this last Sunday, May 24, with Nathan Sheppard.” READ MORE

Do: How many more do you plan on doing?

Post Theater targeting Sept. 1 reopening

Post Theater targeting Sept. 1 reopening

The Tybee Post Theater has made the difficult decision to postpone all live music concerts and theatrical productions through the end of August. We are working to reschedule all major events currently on our summer programming calendar; advance ticket buyers will be notified by email when new dates are set. Their tickets will be valid for the rescheduled event, or they may request a refund if they can’t make the new date.

Currently, the state of Georgia only allows concert venues to open with significant occupancy restrictions. Social distancing in sold-out concerts and stage plays in our small theater would be challenging, and at decreased capacity, even 50-75 percent, they would not be economically viable for the Theater. And even if those restrictions are lifted, we want to be responsive to the ongoing health and safety concerns of many of our patrons and our employees.

We will reopen the Theater for first-run and classic movies just as soon as we believe it is safe to do so and Hollywood is releasing new feature films for you to see. When we do open for movies, you can be sure the Theater will be super sanitized and safe with limited occupancy, new touch-free hand sanitizers, and disinfecting between every screening.

As always, we will continue evaluating operations and will make adjustments based on any new CDC guidelines or government mandates. We remain committed to doing our part to help keep everyone – our patrons, performers and staff and volunteers – safe.

We will be back – and we will return stronger and safer than ever. This is just an intermission! In the meantime, please keep in touch with us via email and on Facebook and Twitter. Stay safe, and we hope to see you very soon!

The McCartney Years brings fun of 1970s tour to Tybee

The McCartney Years brings fun of 1970s tour to Tybee

By Steven Alford/Do Savannah

There’s a band on the run headed for Tybee Island.

The McCartney Years is a live concert performance of some of Paul McCartney’s biggest hits with his post-Beatles band Wings. The group recreates sights and sounds of the band at the height of their popularity in the 1970s during their “Wings Over America” tour.

The show comes Friday, March 6 to the Tybee Post Theater and promises to transport “Macca” fans back to a bygone area of feathered hair, bell bottom jeans and high-heeled boots.

Bandleader Yuri Pool put together the concert after years in London performing in a Beatles tribute show.

“At the time I was wondering why there are thousands of Beatles tribute bands out there but why wasn’t anyone doing a Paul McCartney group?” Pool said. Read More