After being in several states of closure since November, Ontario’s indoor theaters have finally reopened.
As part of Ontario Reopening Plan Step 3, cinemas can operate at 50 percent capacity. This means that physical distancing measures will be implemented.
However, unlike the last time theaters opened in Ontario, only advance ticket purchase is recommended rather than being an absolute requirement. This means that you can order tickets at Cineplex website or Android Y ios applications, as well as at self-checkout kiosks in cinemas.
In all cases, seats will be reserved and seats near your group (in case you are with at least one other person) will automatically be separated from other guests to meet distancing guidelines.
Of course, Cineplex promises other sanitary measures, such as periodic cleaning of auditoriums with disinfectants, cleaning of contact points every 30 minutes or less, and a public hand sanitizer in the lobby and playground. “Limited” concession items like popcorn are also available when allowed.
Theaters are reopening just in time for summer movie season, which so far has seen the releases of Cruella, A quiet place, part II, In the heights, The incantation: the devil made me do it, F9 Y Black widow (It should be noted, however, that all of these except F9 are now available to stream on multiple platforms; click on each movie for more information).
Further, Space Jam: a new legacy Y Escape Room: Tournament of Champions They open this weekend, although the first can be rented on premium video-on-demand (PVOD) platforms.
So you have options if you don’t feel comfortable heading back to theaters. For more information on Cineplex’s COVID-19 health and safety policies, click here.
If you go to theaters, just know that TimePlay, the pre-show app-based trivia game to earn SCENE points, is unfortunately no longer offered at Cineplex.
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