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:

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

Parental Guidance(Parental Guidance) Frightening Scenes


Family/Adventure/Fantasy. Based on the book by Roald Dahl. A young boy (Jahzir Bruno) and his grandmother (Octavia Spencer) have a run-in with a coven of witches and their leader (Anne Hathaway).

Content elements

  • Infrequent use of mild profanity and cursing
  • Infrequent portrayals of hand-to-hand and weapons violence, some in a fantasy context – no blood, little detail
  • Frequent portrayals of frightening scenes, nightmarish images, and transformations in a fantasy context – much detail

Thematic elements

  • Good versus evil
  • The families we make
  • Teamwork

Classification rationale

Rated PG for frightening scenes in a genre context

Classification date

October 27, 2020