The Landmark Cinemas location in Courtenay. (Troy Landreville, MyComoxValleyNow.com staff)
It’s safe to go back to the movies again.
On July 3rd, Landmark Cinemas will be reopening all of its British Columbia theatres, including the ones in Courtenay and Campbell River.
Landmark’s theatres in Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan will stay closed until provincial and municipal health authorities deem them safe for them to reopen.
You’re asked to protect fellow theatre-goers, as well as employees, by staying home if they are experiencing any symptoms.
The movie experience will seem different, due to safety measures put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Physical distancing is being provided by:
- Reducing available seating by at least 50 per cent and maintaining reserved seating to ensure distancing is organized.
- Reducing showtimes and increasing the time between movies to eliminate congestion in the lobby areas
- Requesting moviegoers arrive no sooner than 20 minutes prior to their movie’s showtime
- Providing concession queue lines with floor markers for distancing within each lane
- Requiring moviegoers to follow the instructions of staff or directional signage, and exit by row to ensure proper physical distancing. Alternative exit paths will be used wherever possible to minimize overlap with people arriving to the theatre.
- Requiring that family members or cohorts as permitted by provincial health authorities seat themselves within the block of adjoining seats
Landmark says it’s enhancing health and safety by:
- Disinfecting auditoriums, seating surfaces, washrooms and common areas will be disinfected with Vital Oxide. Completely odorless and 100 per cent biodegradable, Vital Oxide has been proven to kill 99.99% of bacteria and has been approved by Health Canada for use against SARS CoV-2, the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
- Creating the position of hygiene officer, responsible for ensuring that all health and cleaning procedures are completed to specification.
- Implementing a ‘Fit for Work’ policy requiring each staff member to complete a health assessment questionnaire prior to each shift to confirm that they are symptom-free.
- Requiring staff to sanitize and wipe down their service area prior to serving each guest
- Requiring all employees to wear PPE including face masks and gloves in select positions. All PPE is provided by Landmark Cinemas at no cost to its employees
- Requiring all employees to wash their hands every 30 minutes
- Rigorous cleaning of high touch areas and auditoriums between shows
- Providing hand sanitizer throughout the lobby areas
- Installing protective barriers
- Encouraging moviegoers to purchase tickets in advance at landmarkcinemas.com or the ATOM ticketing and use contactless payment in-theatre
B.C. theatres that will be back in business on July 3rd include Campbell River, Courtenay, Cranbrook, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Kelowna, Grand 10, Nanaimo, New Westminster, Penticton, Port Alberni, Surrey/Guildford, West Kelowna, Encore, West Kelowna, Xtreme.
In partnership with North America’s leading film distributors, Movie Lovers will be able to enjoy a selection of classic movies for all audiences that were meant to be seen on the big screen such as Jurassic Park, Jaws, The Empire Strikes Back, Wonder Woman, and ET: The Extra Terrestrial.
All classic movies are $5.00 every day, and $2.99 on Tuesdays (including applicable taxes).