Action! Big-screen movies return after five-month intermission


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Return to the magic of cinema. To help keep morale high among big screen moviegoers, Lakeshore’s Imagine Cinemas hosted free popcorn giveaways during the five-month shutdown. Here on May 22, 2019, Princesses Sylvia Ward, left, Meagan Marcoux and Rachel Gray wave to motorists. Nick Brancaccio/Windsor Star

“We’ve always been super clean, but now we’ve really improved our game in terms of cleaning,” said Facca, whose 10-screen operation at Lakeshore will only reopen the six auditoriums that have the “most luxurious seats. spacious”. ”

Seats and other points of contact will be cleared after each show, movie start times are staggered to avoid congestion, and the concession stand is cashless payment only.

Our goal now is to bring our guests back to the cinema

One big change for city and county operations is the remoteness of sitting moviegoers. Van Lange said the sale of Cineplex tickets allows couples or families to sit together, but there will be some distance between the different parts and every second row of seats remains empty. Facca said that the rows of Imagine cinemas are already two meters apart, but that this distance will also be maintained between customers in the same row.

What this means, said Van Lange, is that some Cineplex auditoriums will have a capacity reduced by 60 to 80 percent. Ontario currently only allows a maximum of 50 occupants at a single indoor gathering place.

Asked how this could pay off, Van Lange said it was about restoring confidence in the public cinematic experience.

“Our goal now is to get our guests back to the movies and get our teams back in business – we know our profitability will return,” she said.

WINDSOR, ON.  JULY 29, 2020 - The Silver City Cinema in Windsor, ON.  airs Wednesday, July 29, 2020. The province has announced that the Windsor area will remain in Stage 2, meaning theaters will remain closed.  (DAN JANISSE - The Windsor Star)
The long, long wait will soon be over. The empty parking lot outside Silver City Windsor Theaters, premiering July 29, 2020, is expected to fill up again soon with a reopening date of August 21. And Janisse/Windsor Star

As with other independent local businesses, Tecumseh-based Facca said it hoped the community would show support for family-owned Imagine cinemas and perhaps even watch traditionally slower days like Mondays, Wednesday and Thursday.

With a smaller cinema capacity, fewer new version films will be shown but on more screens. Devonshire’s Cineplex will initially only feature four different titles, with the comedy SpongeBob SquarePants, for example, having 15 different times per day.

For more information on what’s showing and to reserve seats at Imagine Cinemas, visit online. For Devonshire, visit

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