‘ZONING’ PROBLEM LEADS HALIFAX INDIE CINEMA TO JOIN COMPLAINT AGAINST CINEPLEX

Independent theaters accuse Cineplex of boxing them out of the movie market

Several independent movie theatres have formed the Network of Independent Canadian Exhibitors and are filing a complaint with Competition Bureau Canada. (Michael Wilson/CBC)

Halifax’s only independent cinema has joined a national fight against Cineplex, accusing the movie giant of using its clout to keep new releases out of competing theatres.

Carbon Arc Independent Cinema is one of several indie theatres that make up the Network of Independent Canadian Exhibitors, which is filing a complaint with the federal competition bureau.

They allege Cineplex Entertainment, which owns about 75 per cent of the screens in Canada, keeps distributors from sending films to independent theatres while those films play at a Cineplex in the same city, a practice known as “zoning.”

“We’re fighting for our audiences to have the opportunity to see great films, and to support local Canadian-made films because we’re passionate about it and we want to build community,” Carbon Arc founder Siloën Daley told CBC’s Information Morning.

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