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Cineplex closing all theatres across Canada due to COVID-19 concerns

Last Updated Mar 16, 2020 at 9:48 pm EST

A Cineplex theatre is seen Friday May 22, 2015 in Ottawa. Cineplex Inc. is partnering with technology company VRstudios Inc. to bring between 30 and 40 virtual reality installations to Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

The company says it had decided to shut down all of its theatres across Canada immediately

The company says it will assess the situation on April 2nd to decide whether or not to re-open

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Cineplex is temporarily closing all 165 theatres country-wide due to the rapid spread of COVID-19.

The move is being made out of “an abundance of caution” and theatres, as well as location-based entertainment venues, will shut their doors on Monday.

The company says the shut down will be effective until at least April 2nd, at which time Cineplex says it plans to reassess the situation.

Chief executive officer Ellis Jacob says Cineplex leadership has closely monitored the escalating spread of COVID-19 in Canada, and believes “the time as come for us to do more.”

Cineplex represents about 75 percent of the Canadian film exhibitor market across the country.

This comes on the heels of municipalities across the Lower Mainland shutting down recreation services to try to limit the spread of the virus.

Landmark Cinemas is also following suit, closing down all theatres across Canada on Monday night after the last listed showtimes are completed.

It’s not clear when Landmark will re-open theatres, only saying ” We will continue to adhere to the directives of federal, provincial and municipal health authorities and will reopen when it is deemed appropriate.”

Tickets are being refunded to customers.

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