Cineplex has announced it will reopen 25 theatres across the province on Friday after the provincial government allowed for expanded capacity in movie theatres.
The province’s original stage 3 guidelines allowed for 50 people per building.
Cineplex asked the province to reconsider the rule, saying it would lose money by reopening. The entertainment company confirmed Thursday the government would be allowing 50 people per theatre, not per building.
Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Minister Lisa McLeod said she had a productive call with Cineplex’s CEO and the protocols had been approved by the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
The 25 theatres, the majority of which are in the GTA, will open with reserved seating in each theatre and every other row blocked, enhanced cleaning procedures, debit and credit payment only, and limited food options.
The rest of the theatres will be opening in the next couple weeks.
In municipalities with mandatory mask policies, customers will be required to wear masks in the theatres.
VIP cinemas will remain closed.
The full list of theatres are:
• Galaxy Cinemas Barrie, Barrie
• Cineplex Cinemas Hamilton Mountain, Hamilton
• Cineplex Odeon Gardiners Road Cinemas, Kingston
• Cineplex Cinemas Kitchener and VIP, Kitchener
• SilverCity London Cinemas, London
• The Rec Room (CF Masonville Place), London
• Cineplex Cinemas Milton, Milton
• SilverCity Newmarket Cinemas, Newmarket
• Cineplex Odeon Niagara Square Cinemas, Niagara Falls
• Cineplex Cinemas Winston Churchill & VIP, Oakville
• Cineplex Odeon Oshawa Cinemas, Oshawa
• Scotiabank Theatre Ottawa, Ottawa
• Cineplex Cinemas Ottawa, Ottawa
• Cineplex Cinemas Pickering and VIP, Pickering
• Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, Toronto
• Cineplex Cinemas Mississauga, Toronto
• Cineplex Cinemas Queensway & VIP, Toronto
• Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Eglinton and VIP, Toronto
• Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas and VIP, Toronto
• Cineplex Cinemas Yorkdale, Toronto
• Cineplex Odeon Eglinton Town Centre Cinemas, Toronto
• The Rec Room (Roundhouse), Toronto
• SilverCity Richmond Hill, Richmond Hill
• SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas, Sudbury
• Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo, Waterloo
• Playdium, Whitby
• Cineplex Cinemas Vaughan, Woodbridge