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.



Dir: George C. Wolfe. Drama. Based on the play by August Wilson. In 1927, while recording new songs in a Chicago studio, an ambitious trumpet player (Chadwick Boseman) clashes with blues legend Ma Rainey (Viola Davis).

Content elements

  • Infrequent use of the sexual expletive and variations in a non-sexual context; frequent use of scatological slang, cursing, profanity, vulgar expressions, and ethno-cultural slurs
  • Infrequent portrayals of weapons and hand-to-hand violence - little blood and detail
  • Infrequent portrayals of sexual activity - no nudity, some detail
  • Frequent portrayals of alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis use in a recreational context

Thematic elements

  • The artistic temperament
  • Expression and creativity
  • Group dynamics

Classification rationale

Rated 14A for coarse language, violence, and sexual activity

Classification date

November 06, 2020