Cineplex announced Thursday that it will reopen 25 theatres across Ontario, including Sudbury's SilverCity Cinemas.
Ontario's Stage 3 guidelines allow for gatherings of up to 50 people at an indoor venue, but Cineplex asked the province to reconsider the rule, indicating it would be detrimental to their business.
Cineplex confirmed Thursday that they will be allowed to have 50 people per theatre, not 50 people per building.
The 25 theatres 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.
In municipalities with mandatory mask policies, theatre-goes will be required to wear masks in the theatres.
VIP cinemas will remain closed.
The full list of theatres slated to reopen Friday 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
The rest of Cineplex's theatres are expected to open in the next few weeks.
Downtown Movie Lounge, which is operated by Imagine Cinemas in the Rainbow Centre downtown, has not yet announced its reopening plans.