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Tower Theatre to host Free COVID-19 Testing Event on March 1

OKLAHOMA CITY –Tower Theatre is hosting a free Community COVID-19 Testing event on Monday, March 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 425 NW 23rd Street, in Oklahoma City.

Testing is free and for everyone, even with no symptoms. 

As the state of Oklahoma continues to come together against the coronavirus pandemic, testing is of utmost importance, organizers said.  

The event will offer COVID-19 testing, Rapid Antibody testing and Flu Shots for adults and children free to the community. Reservations are encouraged and walk-ins will be accepted. 

Reservations can be made at towertheatreokc.com.  Free parking is located in the lot to the south of the Theatre.

For the safety of guests and theatre staff, additional health and safety measures have been put in place. These include enhanced ventilation and sanitation standards, proper social distancing, and face coverings required at all times unless otherwise instructed.

The community testing event is part of a new Oklahoma program, entitled “Community-engaged Approaches to Testing in Community and Healthcare settings for Underserved Populations (CATCH-UP).” 

Project CATCH-UP mission is to support the organizing of community-based COVID-19 testing events for vulnerable populations across Oklahoma and to provide guidance on social, ethical, legal, behavioral, and economic perspectives to testing statewide.

The Public Health Institute of Oklahoma (PHIO) is collaborating with The University of Oklahoma Health Science Center’s Oklahoma Clinical and Translational Science Institute to implement this project across the state of Oklahoma.

Tower Theatre is one of the community-driven and responsive organizations working to increase access to COVID-19 testing in Oklahoma in partnership with the Public Health Institute of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma State Health Department and OU Health Services. 

CATCH-UP works to rapidly respond to community testing needs by deploying mobile testing units in community settings. In addition, the program aims to strengthen community bonds, cultivate a shared objective, and strengthen our collective pandemic response by honoring the dignity, history, and experiences of every Oklahoman. 

An independently-owned, live music and movie venue, the Tower Theatre is located in Oklahoma City’s historic Uptown 23rd District. The Tower Theatre opened in 1937 and is one of Oklahoma City’s last original movie houses with an intact auditorium and neon marquee.

After many years of movie premieres and historic runs of classic films, the theatre closed in 1989.

Tower reopened briefly in the 1990’s as a live music venue, and was shuttered again in 2000.Under new ownership, a refurbished Tower reopened in 2017 and regularly presents concerts, current hit movies and cult classics.

For more information about upcoming events at Tower Theatre and to purchase tickets visit towertheatreokc.com.  

Oklahoma City’s Tower Theatre will host a free Community COVID-19 Testing event on Monday, March 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 425 NW 23rd Street.  Photo provided.