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Movie Theaters & Pandemic | Raymore-Peculiar Superintendent | College Football Dilemma

Laura Spencer
KCUR 89.3
The 1980s classic film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" marked the Screenland Armour's first outdoor screening, in the parking lot behind the theater.

Area theater owners are innovating and adapting to stay open during the pandemic, Raymore-Peculiar School District's new superintendent on the return to school as COVID-19 spreads, and a forecast on the possibility of college football games happening this fall.

Segment 1, beginning at 3:59: How are movie theaters in Kansas City adjusting to the pandemic?

Screenland Theaters and the Fine Arts Group are both offering online rentals for films they would normally screen in theaters. Screenland has also started showing movies outdoors, while the Fine Arts Group is soliciting donations for the first time in their 38-year history.

Segment 2, beginning at 27:41 : Mike Slagle started his job on July 1, and immediately began preparations for students' return to classrooms.

Like many districts in the area, Raymore-Peculiar schools are offering families a choice of sending their students to school or teaching virtually. "Choice is going to be very important to our parent community," Slagle said. "There is an opportunity here to make some changes to education, as we make this thing better for kids."

Segment 3, beginning at 40:53: Colleges could lose tens of millions of dollars in revenue if their football teams opt out of play this fall.

These possible losses are limited to schools with broadcast and network contracts. The Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences have cancelled their college football seasons due to COVID-19, while the Big 12 and others are planning to play.

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Luke X. Martin reports on race, culture and ethnicity for KCUR 89.3.
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