Film at Lincoln Center suspends screenings

Chaplin Award Gala and New Directors/New Films also pushed back due to coronavirus

by Amber Wilkinson

Film at Lincoln Center has suspended screenings
Film at Lincoln Center has suspended screenings Photo: Film at Lincoln Center
New York's Film at Lincoln Center has announced it will be suspending all screenings in its Walter Reade Theater and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center from 5pm today in response to health concerns related to coronavirus Covid-19.

They have also postponed the 49th New Directors/New Films and the 46th Chaplin Award Gala honouring Spike Lee will be rescheduled for the autumn.

FLC executive director Lesli Klainberg said, “As the Covid-19 situation develops, Film at Lincoln Center’s top priority remains the health, wellness, and safety of our staff, audiences, and artists. We remain committed to our nonprofit mission—supporting the art and elevating the craft of cinema.”

A spokesman added: “In light of the circumstances involving the Covid-19 virus, the performing arts institutions on the Lincoln Center campus will suspend constituent public performances and screenings as of 5pm Thursday night for the month of March (however the status of Lincoln Center Theater is to be determined in line with the decisions of the Broadway League). This is in an effort to mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and to prioritise the health of our communities. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and we will continue to provide updates as we receive new information.”

The news comes as uncertainty continues to hang over this year's edition of Tribeca Film Festival in the city.

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