Leading Canadian exhibitor Cineplex is opening 25 theaters across Ontario on Friday (July 31), the company announced today, in the first round of a phased reopening plan that will see its other 43 Ontario locations reopen over the next several weeks.
To combat the spread of the coronavirus, all Cineplex theaters will reopen with enhanced safety and cleaning measures and updated procedures to ensure physical distancing both inside and outside auditoriums. These practices include: reducing capacity inside all auditoriums, eliminating cash purchases, providing personal protective equipment for employees, limiting food offerings to popcorn and other “core concessions,” making hand sanitizer readily available to guests and employees, and mandating masks for moviegoers inside the theater in communities where it is mandated. More information on these measures is available here.
In addition to the company’s theaters, Cineplex recently reopened three of its food and entertainment centers: The Rec Room at Toronto’s Roundhouse, The Rec Room London, and Playdium Whitby. All are operating with reduced hours and enhanced safety and cleaning measures.
To welcome moviegoers back, Cineplex will be offering $5 movie tickets for both new and legacy releases, including Beauty and the Beast, Jaws, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Invisible Man, Bloodshot, Sonic The Hedgehog, My Spy, Jurassic Park, Gravity, and Jumanji: The Next Level.
“The past four months have given us a new appreciation for the importance of friends and family and the power of shared experiences with those we love,” said Cinexplex president and CEO Ellis Jacob in a statement. “Entertaining is what we do best, and we simply can’t wait to safely welcome guests back to our theatres, The Rec Room and Playdium for some much-deserved entertainment, fun and escape.”
News of the Cineplex reopenings follows an announcement by Regal earlier this week that it would be pushing back its reopening date in the U.S. from July 31 to August 21. The week prior, AMC similarly announced it would be pushing its reopening to “mid-to-late August” for the exhibitor’s U.S. locations.
Below is a full list of Cineplex locations slated to reopen.
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
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
SilverCity Richmond Hill, Richmond Hill
SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas, Sudbury
Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo, Waterloo
Cineplex Cinemas Vaughan, Woodbridge