With movie theaters closed during stay-at-home orders, some local theaters turn to their marquees to entertain
Updated 1404 GMT (2204 HKT) May 9, 2020
(CNN)The majority of local movie theaters have been closed since March, but that hasn't stopped them from entertaining people with their marquees.
Local theaters across the country have been using their vintage signs to remind audiences of the movies they love and the pandemic they're facing.
Using classic films such as "Back to the Future," "Stand By Me", and "The Wizard of Oz" as inspiration, the marquees feature encouraging messages and funny reminders about staying at home and social distancing guidelines.
For example, the marquee of the Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver, Washington, read: "Marty you must not leave the house anything you do could have serious repercussions on future events."
Elsewhere, in Greenfield, Massachusetts, Greenfield Garden Cinema put up a quote from "The Dark Knight" character Harvey Dent: "The night is darkest just before the dawn and I promise you the dawn is coming."
And in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, the marquee of Emmaus Theatre reads: "Stand by me but 6 feet away."
Like many businesses across the US, movie theaters have taken a big financial hit because of the coronavirus outbreak. Movie theaters large and small are shuttered, film productions are halted, and the release of some of this year's biggest films are delayed.
The marquees are a way for theaters to connect to their communities.
Robert Audibert, one of the owners of the Emmaus Theater, said the theater is struggling to stay afloat with its doors closed.
So they launched a GoFundMe to help raise $10,000, enough to keep the theater going for a couple months,