The Quebec arts scene is reopening in scattershot fashion


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Mapping the reopening of the Quebec arts scene is no simple task. While indoor public gatherings of up to 50 people have been allowed since June 22, the path back to business as usual is far from clear for the province’s cultural entities. Plans, concerns and protocols vary widely.

Here’s an overview of what some of the major players have planned.

Movie theatres

Vince Guzzo, owner of Guzzo Cinemas, in his office in Terrebonne on Tuesday June 16, 2020. Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette ORG XMIT: 64592
Vincent Guzzo, owner of Guzzo Cinemas, is seen in his office in Terrebonne on Tuesday June 16, 2020. “At first we’re going to have very few titles, with multiple screens of the same titles,” Guzzo says of his reopening plan. /jpg

Quebec’s two main movie chains, Cineplex and Guzzo, reopen July 3. Many summer blockbusters have been postponed to fall, but Guzzo will begin by showing a combination of new films and old favourites.

“At first we’re going to have very few titles, with multiple screens of the same titles,” Vincent Guzzo told the Montreal Gazette. Showtimes will be staggered to avoid clogging the lobby, and capacity will be no more than 50 per cent.

Independent theatres Cinéma du Parc, Cinéma du Musée and Cinéma Beaubien plan to open July 2, also at reduced capacity, with employees cleaning theatres between screenings.

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