TORONTO — Cineplex Inc. is inching towards a gradual reopening of its Canadian movie 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.
Cineplex plans to reopen six theatres in Alberta on June 26th. Plans to reopen in other provinces on July 3rd where permitted by local government and health authorities. All theatres to have reserved seating to ensure physical distancing.
— mike eppel (@eppman) June 15, 2020
The rollout will introduce a number of new measures, including reserved seating in all auditoriums to ensure physical distancing between moviegoers, and staggered showtimes to reduce congestion in its theatre lobbies.
Cineplex says it’s already going forward with “measured operations” at the Rec Room — a chain of locations serving food, drink and amusements — in Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton.
On Friday, Cineplex’s $2.8-billion acquisition by U.K.-based theatre chain Cineworld PLC fell through, with both sides claiming the other breached its contract and promising to pursue legal action.
Bad reviews: Cineplex -20% after Cineworld backed out of a $2.1 bln deal to buy the chain, citing unspecified breaches. Cineplex says it will sue. CGX is down about 67% ytd. pic.twitter.com/nhms1e9hu5
— Richard Dettman (@rwdettman) June 15, 2020
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