COVID-19 response: Movie theatres allowed to reopen

Stage 2 of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy began on June 12, 2020. Movie theatres are permitted to reopen if they have physical distancing requirements and other public health guidelines in place.

Theatres and other movie venues, otherwise known as exhibitors, are encouraged to review these relaunch guidance documents developed by Alberta Health:

For questions about the guidance resources, email

For general information, visit COVID-19 info for Albertans.

Parental Guidance(Parental Guidance) Mature Subject Matter, Coarse Language


Short Film Compilation. The five Academy-nominated documentary short films are "In The Absence" (South Korea/USA), "Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)" (UK), "Life Overtakes Me" (Sweden/USA), "St. Louis Superman" (USA), and "Walk Run Cha-Cha" (USA).

Content elements

  • Infrequent use of the sexual expletive and variations in a non-sexual context; infrequent use of scatological slang, profanity, and vulgar expressions
  • Frequent depictions of a boat disaster - little detail; infrequent depictions of weapons violence in a war zone context – no blood, little detail
  • Frequent references to police violence, sexual assault, death, and war – no blood, little detail
  • Infrequent portrayals of alcohol use in a recreational context

Thematic elements

  • Variety of cinematic expression
  • Coping with loss and trauma

Classification rationale

Rated PG for mature subject matter and violence

Classification date

January 23, 2020