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.

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:

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14A(14A) Disturbing Content, Coarse Language


Horror. Based on the novel by William Peter Blatty. When a young girl (Linda Blair) begins to show signs of demonic possession, her mother (Ellen Burstyn) enlists the help of a priest (Jason Miller) who specializes in psychiatry.

Content elements

  • Frequent use of the sexual expletive, some in a sexual context; infrequent use of scatological slang, cursing, profanity, vulgar expressions, sexual slurs, and aggressive sexual language
  • Infrequent portrayals of hand-to-hand and weapons violence, some in self-harm or disturbing contexts – some blood and detail
  • Frequent portrayals of frightening scenes, transformations, and unexplained visual and audible phenomena, some in a disturbing context – some blood and detail
  • Frequent portrayals of alcohol and tobacco use in a recreational context

Thematic elements

  • Good versus evil
  • Coping with loss
  • Mother/daughter bonds

Classification rationale

Rated 14A for coarse language and frightening scenes in a genre context

Classification date

October 26, 2020