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New Tybee Post Theater executive director Evan Goetz ‘feels like home’ in Savannah area

By Bill Dawers/Savannah Morning News

“Savannah, to me, feels like home,” Evan Goetz told me last week. “I’m happy to be back.”

Goetz, who recently moved back to the area from Rock Hill, S.C., is the new executive director of the nonprofit Tybee Post Theater, which was constructed in 1930 as a movie theater for Fort Screven soldiers and their families. Since the completion of extensive renovations in 2015, the theater has kept a busy year-round schedule of concerts, movies, plays and other performances.

A native of Gaffney, S.C., Goetz first moved to the Georgia coast in 2011 when he began working on an MFA at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Paint Tybee Ireland Green Judging this Sunday

Paint Tybee Ireland Green Judging this Sunday

Green bunting, giant shamrocks, Irish flags, inflatable leprechauns and gobs of garden gnomes are sprouting all over Tybee Island, as homeowners and businesses get ready for the 1st Annual Paint Tybee Ireland Green competition.

Sponsored by the Tybee Post Theater, the contest is a way to fill the island with socially distanced St. Patrick’s Day spirit in a year when official parades and parties have been cancelled due to the lingering pandemic. More than 50 homeowners signed up to decorate their homes and compete for the pot o’gold: $1,000 goes to the first-place home, $500 to second place, and $250 to third place.

The Paint Tybee Ireland Green judges will be touring the island this Sunday morning (March 14) checking out the creativity, artistry and overall awesomeness of the competition. They will depart the Tybee Post Theater on Van Horne Avenue at 10 am aboard a float to begin the tour, which will take about two hours. Competing homes and businesses are found on nearly every street on the three-mile island. The winners will be announced live on Facebook from the Theater at high noon St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.

The Theater is encouraging residents and visitors to tour the homes beginning this weekend, via car, bike, golf cart or on foot. Here is the link to the digital map! It works best if you have the Google Maps app installed on your mobile phone: www.tinyurl.com/PaintTybeeGreen2021 Printed maps will also be available and can be picked up at the Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave., Tybee Island, GA 31328.

The prize money was generously donated by Cindy Meyer, Seabolt Brokers. If anyone would like to make a contribution to the non-profit Tybee Post Theater to support this ongoing program, checks can be mailed to Tybee Post Theater, P.O. Box 2356, Tybee Island, GA 31328.

Tybee Post Theater reopens for hot new movies in March

Tybee Post Theater reopens for hot new movies in March

Your Tybee Post Theater is turning on the lights the first weekend in March to bring you the hottest films coming out of Hollywood just as the awards season kicks into high gear!
We scanned the titles that seem to be leading the pack, and picked a blockbuster lineup for the Post’s return to the movies! We’re opening with Tom Hank’s epic “News of the World,” March 5-7, and moving through the month with dramas such as “Nomadland,” The Trial of the Chicago 7,” “The Father,” and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” And we may add some surprises before the month is over.
We are limiting seating to 35 percent of capacity, so you will want to get your tickets online early. Showings will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a new film each weekend for the first three weeks. Then, in our fourth week, we’ve got two movies running from Wednesday through Sunday! None of these fine films will be sticking around long, so make your plans and mark your calendars.
As you know by now, the Post has gone above and beyond the CDC’s recommendations for new sanitation and safety protocols. In addition to installing a brand new high tech air filtration system that kills viruses, bacteria and allergens, we’ve installed multiple hand sanitizing stations and are disinfecting the Theater after every screening!
We are limiting occupancy to only about 70 seats, so you’ll have plenty of room to space out from one another. And we are requiring face masks, except when eating or drinking. We want you to feel comfortable knowing we have done all we can to provide a safe environment for your entertainment.
Now enjoy the show!

Tybee Post Theater plans to ‘Paint the Town Green’

By Jessica Coombs/WSAV-TV

March kicks off the peak of tourist season for many cities including Tybee Island. With another year of canceled events, a Tybee nonprofit is getting creative to safely celebrate one of the biggest holidays of the year.

They Tybee Post Theater is sponsoring what they say is going to be an annual event. ‘Paint the Town Green,’ is a citywide initiative to encourage community members to safely celebrate while helping out local businesses struggling to stay afloat.

Friends of Tybee Theater President Virginia Ward said she got the idea from a friend in New Orleans when the community transformed their homes into parade floats after the Mardis Gras parade was canceled. She said Tybee’s Irish celebration is a major part of the year for locals.

With the help from city leaders, Ward is inviting community members to paint Tybee Island green with outrageous decorations with the chance to see the luck of the Irish and a get a few bragging rights if they snag one of the theater’s cash prizes.

The theater will set the leprechauns loose on March 12th through the 21st. Prizes will be passed out for best decorations and both renters and property owners are welcome to join in the fun. To join the digital parade route all you have to do is send your name and address to tybeeireland@yahoo.com by February 22nd’s deadline.

Ward said local businesses and people in the arts have struggled for months. She hopes bringing a little theater into the community will lift spirits and make a difference for those that are trying to stay afloat.

The theater is working with the mayor, city manager, and police chief to keep the celebrations safe.

Post sponsors Paint Tybee Ireland Green!

Post sponsors Paint Tybee Ireland Green!

Since we can’t have a parade let’s BE the parade!

The Post is sponsoring a St. Pat’s Tour of Homes! Drive by, walk by, bike by all of the Tybee homes decked out in Irish green during the month of March.

Tybee residents are competing for the Post Theater Pot ‘O Gold that goes to the best decorated house. First place gets $1,000, second place gets $500. Now that’s some green! So residents, start collecting all the lighted shamrocks, green garland, inflatable leprechauns and garden gnomes you can get your hands on! Turn your front yard into a great green Irish Heritage Parade float! Toss out green beads when the judges roll by!

Feel free to use “live” decorations during judging if your family likes to dress up. We discourage any gatherings other than those who reside in your home as this is our socially distanced, COVID-safe St. Patrick’s celebration.

Decorate between March 12 – 21 to be eligible. You MUST register here–> https://forms.gle/EoTh9vSYpazmzE7c7

to  get on the map and be eligible to win. The deadline for entry is February 20th. Maps of participating homes will be available after March 1 at most Tybee restaurants and retailers.

You will be notified of the day(s)/time(s) judges will perform their ride by sometime between March 14-16.
Prizes/Trophy will be awarded on FB LIVE on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th
Tybee Businesses will not be left out of the craic. They will vie for the LEPRECHAUN trophy and bragging rights until next year!
Tybee Post Theater to remain dark through February

Tybee Post Theater to remain dark through February

As most of you know, the Tybee Post Theater has made the difficult decision to remain dark at least through the end of February.
With the pandemic still prevalent and the state of Georgia’s ongoing occupancy restrictions on large gatherings, we decided the best course of action — for now — is to keep the Theater closed. We will continue to reschedule the concerts already on our programming calendar for the next couple of months and notify ticket holders of the new dates as we confirm them. All tickets and seat selections will be valid for the new dates.
But rest assured, we will reopen the Theater just as soon as it is we feel it is safe to do so. The health and safety of our staff, volunteers, patrons and performers is our first priority.
And we will continue to enhance our health and safety protocols during this intermission. Most importantly, we’ve installed a new high-tech air filtration system in the Theater that will kill bacteria, viruses and other pathogens. This IWave system, installed by Savannah’s Air-Therm Co., uses bi-polar ionization to inactivate viruses.
Other safety procedures you’ll find when we reopen include:
  • Touch-free hand sanitizer stations will be available at the box office, as well as in the lobby and auditorium
  • 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 event
  • Contactless ticketing and payment options will be available.

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 https://tybeeposttheater.org/ , its Facebook page, or by calling the Theater at 912-472-4790.
2021 Tybee Polar Plunge goes virtual

2021 Tybee Polar Plunge goes virtual

TybeeIsland.com

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: