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Shameful Shutdown Canada

“Ontario And Québec Movie Theatre Shutdown Is Shameful”: “As a human being who requires some—any!—simple cultural pleasures to make this life worth living, I’m depressed, confused, anxious, distressed, exhausted and Howard Beale-level furious. Ontario businesses, workers ‘disappointed’ in new round of closures, capacity limits…This new shutdown will mark the fourth time that Ontario has closed movie theatres since March, 2020, each instance absent public-facing data proving that cinemas are helping to spur the public health crisis… Cinemas are one of the most controlled indoor public environments available for a quick escape outside one’s home, at least in Ontario: fifty-percent capacity, mandatory masking, little to no talking or movement, and, recently, a concessions ban to foil any mask mischief (a move that also makes the business essentially unsustainable). Ontario’s various movie industry players issued carefully worded statements of regret. Cineplex, which has sixty-seven locations in the province, assuaged customers by noting that all presales would be refunded automatically.  And TIFF, whose five-screen Lightbox finally reopened this past September for daily screenings, said it was ‘disappointed that we won’t be able to bring some light and inspiration to our audience for a while, but we look forward to sharing the big-screen experience of community and film with you again soon.’”

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