Capitol closes for movies in wake of new restrictions

It has been announced that the Capitol Theatre in North Battleford is closing for movie showings, effective today.

The announcement came following the announcement by the province Wednesday of significant COVID-19 restrictions on concessions which prevents food and drink from being taken into and consumed inside the cinemas, but allows them to be consumed in the lobby. Cinemas rely on concessions for a large portion of their revenues.

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However, it should be noted the Capitol will be open for snack sales between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

The cancellation of movies includes a special presentation that was planned to commemorate the Holodomor with an A-list Hollywood movie based on the life of Gareth Jones, a journalist who tried to tell the truth about what was happening in Ukraine in 1932-1933.  The Battlefords Ukrainian Cultural Council collaborated with the Capitol Annex theatre to bring the movie Mr. Jones to the Battlefords for showings on the 27th and 28th. Organizer Rhea Good says, “Hopefully we can have the movie event next November.”

The following statement has been posted on the Capitol’s Facebook feed on Thursday.

“Unfortunately we have some difficult news this evening.

“We will be closing for movies until further notice.

“With the new restrictions in place customers cannot eat or drink in the theatre. As y’all know watching a movie and eating theatre popcorn go hand in hand.

“This is just temporary. We will reevaluate the situation as new updates come in. If things start to turn around for us in the province we may be able to open again sooner rather than later.

“Until then we will have your most favoritest snack available (fresh popcorn) every Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. You can also purchase our Christmas packs then as well. You are definitely going to want to have those for next year when all the blockbusters come back to the big screen.

“Thank you all for your patience, understanding and support. We will encourage everyone to shop local as much as possible this holiday season. Your local businesses and fellow community members sure need it more than ever.

“Mask up, stay home as much as possible and stay safe.

“We look forward to seeing you at the movies again.”

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