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COVID-19 response: Movie theatres allowed to remain open
Effective November 27, 2020 new restrictions will limit the amount of contact between people in the community, while still allowing businesses to offer services. Movie theatres in enhanced status (purple) areas may remain open with capacity limited to 25% of the occupancy as set under the Alberta Fire Code.
Learn more about new mandatory public health measures in Alberta.
Theatres and other movie venues, otherwise known as exhibitors, were first allowed to reopen in June. They are encouraged to review these relaunch guidance documents developed by Alberta Health:
- Guidance for Movie Theatres (PDF, 294 KB)
- General relaunch guidance (PDF, 185 KB)
- other applicable Alberta Health guidance found at Alberta Biz Connect
For general information, visit COVID-19 info for Albertans.
Feedback from Albertans is an important part of film classification. Alberta Film Classification uses a variety of methods to monitor and evaluate audience expectations of suitable film content.
Outreach and listening to Albertans is an important part of how we develop policy and guidelines for rating movies.
Keep up-to-date with film ratings information
Alberta publishes new film ratings daily online.
- View ratings for movies now playing in Alberta
- View ratings for the most recently rated movies
- View ratings for the most recently rated trailers, commercials and public service announcements (PSAs)
- Search for a movie rating
In addition to publishing film ratings online, you can also access film ratings information and keep in touch with Alberta Film Classification by:
- following @abfilmratings on Twitter
- subscribing to our weekly e-newsletter: Alberta Film Ratings Newswire
Alberta Film Ratings Newswire is an electronic newsletter produced by the Alberta Film Classification office in Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women to share film ratings and information related to film classification in Alberta. Personal email addresses are collected for the purpose of distributing this newsletter by MailChimp, a third party service provider. Collection is authorized under section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act and managed in accordance with the Act.
Your feedback is an important part of film classification. To submit your comments and questions about film classification in Alberta or about the rating of a specific film, please either:
Get involved in group discussions
To provide feedback about film content and Alberta’s film ratings system as part of a group discussion, you may wish to participate in a film screening and discussion or a reconsideration panel.
Film screenings and discussions
We host movie screenings and discussions on an ongoing basis to help inform policies regarding how films are rated in Alberta. We want to hear your perspective on the role of problematic content in recent popular films and your views on the appropriate rating.
Based on interest and available resources, screenings can be hosted in communities across the province.
If you have any questions about this project, please send an email to [email protected].
Film distributors sometimes disagree with a rating applied to a film in Alberta and a reconsideration panel is held. When this happens, we ask community members to sit on a panel to view the film and recommend a rating.
Please note that reconsideration panels are rare and only take place in Edmonton.
Sign-up for a group discussion
Fill out the form if you are interested in participating in film screenings and discussions or to be part of a reconsideration panel. Alberta Film Classification will contact you about participating in a screening in your community or a reconsideration panel when spots are available.
Any personal information provided will be used for the purpose of administering the Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women Film Classification program and the research it is conducting. It is collected under the authority of section 33 (c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and is protected by the privacy provisions of the Act.
Questions regarding the collection, use, or disclosure of this information, may be directed to the Alberta Film Classification Rating office at 780-427-2006.