Showtime: BC Cinema reopens with reduced capacity
Vancouver-Some Vancouver moviegoers couldn’t wait. They first purchased a ticket at the Cineplex Marine Gateway on Tuesday. Indeed, the cinema has reopened for the first time since November 2020, based on Stage 2 of British Columbia’s reopening plan.
Michelle Richderova, who bought a ticket to the new musical “In the Heights,” said: Karthik Sathiamoorthi, who told CTV News he missed the experience of watching movies, including popcorn .
“Of course, we currently have all the streaming platforms, but they are not the same,” he said.
“It’s a big moment, a big moment,” said Richard McLakey, general manager of the theater. “We have films to play and there are people who want to see them. That’s great.”
It’s the same at the Rio Theater in Vancouver.
“I am absolutely excited. I’m very excited, ”says Corinne Lea, owner of Independent Cinema on East Broadway and Commercial Drive.
The independent cinema screened two films on Tuesday evening and sold out. In stage 2, each auditorium can accommodate up to 50 moviegoers in their assigned seats.
When the state closed the cinema last November, Lee temporarily turned the Rio Theater into a sports bar and kept it open. With this new designation, you can now accommodate more than 50 people.
“When we were a sports bar, we were allowed to reserve 125 seats based on social distance. Who can explain this? The only difference was playing sports on the big screen. That is to say. “
Lee has over 400 seats and estimates that the Rio Theater can safely accommodate over 50 moviegoers.
The theater hopes to accommodate more guests in each auditorium in the next stage, which begins no earlier than July 1. However, it is not known if this will be allowed.
“We recommend increasing the collection limit. I don’t know what this means for us. We assume that we are seeing an increase in capacity, but clear indications of what that capacity will be. No, ”said Bill Walker, CEO of Landmark Cinema.
After being closed for almost seven months, some theaters are struggling to find enough staff to fully reopen.
“We have contractual communication, but in the end many quit and found other jobs. There is something to resume, so schedules in some places. However, we will start hiring in the coming weeks, ”Walker said.
When moviegoers return, the cinema wants the staff to return. Day one sales are promising.
“Almost everything is sold out tonight,” Mcluckie said.