Canada Cineplex opening theatres across Alberta Friday, including three in Edmonton
Cineplex planning to reopen six Alberta theatres this month, others in July
TORONTO — Cineplex Inc. is inching towards a gradual reopening of its Canadian theatres, starting with six locations in Alberta later this month. Canada's largest movie exhibitor says it plans to begin showing movies in the province on June 26. The company then hopes to reopen on July 3 in as many other markets across the country as government and health authorities allow, as COVID-19 restrictions begin to loosen. The rollout will introduce aCanada's largest movie exhibitor says it plans to begin showing movies in the province on June 26.
Cineplex will be open six movie theatres across Alberta this week, including three in Edmonton.
Cineplex theatres in north Edmonotn and south Edmonton as well as the Scotiabank theatre in West Edmonton Mall will all open later this week, the company said in a news release Wednesday.
“All theatres will open with enhanced safety and cleaning measures as well as updated procedures to allow for physical distancing both inside and outside auditoriums,” said Cineplex spokeswoman Katie Rankin in the release.
Coming soon: Edmonton movie theatres preparing to reopen with seating capacities, staggered showings
Going to the movies in Edmonton may be weeks away, despite the province allowing theatres to reopen Friday under Stage 2 of Alberta’s accelerated COVID-19 relaunch strategy. The next phase of the plan, which was announced a week earlier than expected by Premier Jason Kenney on Tuesday, permits movie theatres to reopen as long as they follow provincial guidelines such as keeping capacity at 100 people per theatre room, maintaining physical distancing and staggering movie start and end times. But local theatres say they need some time to get back up and running.
Theatres will have a reserved seating option and will block off seats to make sure physically distancing is adhered to. Food options will be limited and only debit and credit will be accepted while employees wear proper PPE, the release stated.
The theatres will be offering five dollar tickets to a number of movies released within the last year.
Cineplex Odeon also announced Rec Rooms in Alberta are also re-opening.
“Entertaining is what we do best, and we simply can’t wait to safely welcome guests back to our theatres and The Rec Room for some much-deserved entertainment, fun and escape,” said Cineplex CEO Ellis Jacob.
Cineplex theatres in a number of other provinces will re-open in July.
Alberta confirms 38 new COVID-19 cases Friday; Edmonton sees largest active numbers .
Alberta Health confirmed 38 new COVID-19 cases Friday, which brings active cases in the province to 509. Thirty-seven people are in hospital, eight of those are in intensive care. The province reported no additional deaths Friday. Read more: Alberta COVID-19 vaccine advancing to human testing The Edmonton zone has the largest number of active cases in the province at 241. Edmonton is also dealing with an active outbreak at the Misericordia Hospital, where nine patients and seven staff members have tested positive for the virus, AHS said Friday.