Coming soon: Edmonton movie theatres preparing to reopen with seating capacities, staggered showings0
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“I just look forward to welcoming people back. I think the theatre is going to be a great place to escape for a couple of hours after all the stuff we’re going through,” he said.
Sarah Van Lange, executive director of communications with Cineplex Entertainment, said in an email the company is reviewing the province’s announcement and determining how the guidelines will impact their cinemas.
“While we are certainly excited for the day our operations can resume, our top priority has always been the health and safety of our employees and guests and ensuring that their time with us is safe, comfortable and welcoming,” she said.
Dan Smith, executive director of Metro Cinema, was also unsure when his doors will reopen but said he’s aiming for some time in June.
“We’re just working to make sure that the theatre is 100 per cent safe,” he said. “We have a few adjustments to make and a little bit more planning before we’re ready to open in a safe and comfortable manner.”
He said the benefit of the auditorium is that it is a large space, able to seat 521 people, so there’s lots of room to allow for physical distancing. The theatre also has six exits, which could help prevent crowding when people leave.
Similar to what Walker has planned, Smith said the concession will have plexiglass barriers in place and will do away with cash in favour of technology that allows people to tap debit or credit cards to purchase food and drink. While there will still be fresh popcorn available, Smith said staff will be pre-bagging it.