Despite the low-risk of transmission, according to the US CDC, theatre curtains have mostly remained closed during the pandemic.

But on Vancouver Island, a few local theatre owners have found a solution to maintain some revenue.

Star Cinema in Sidney has opened its doors each weekend to serve that irreplaceable movie theatre-style popcorn we’ve all known, loved, and eaten off our shirts.

“We are keen to open soon, but in the meantime, we’ve opened up for popcorn services on weekends,” said the owner of Sidney’s Star Cinema, Sandy Oliver.

Many cinemas across Canada have offered online, virtual screenings of their typical marquees, including Vic Theatre.

Other theatres, like the Rio theatre in Vancouver, are redefining their license:

Operators and representatives are still wondering why they have to stay closed, despite similar protocols to bars and restaurants.

The Sidney Star Theatre has respected and understood all the provincial health guidelines and followed protocols, but Oliver said it’s disappointing that theatres aren’t able to open.

“We applied for variance before the restrictions [in November], we were operating house-hold bookings. Cohorts and families could rent the theatre on their own. We had a family rent it out and even a couple, but we haven’t been able to do that anymore,” said Oliver.

Representatives for the industry have argued there’s no data that points to cinemas as being a point of transmission.

But if you’ve been missing that fix, don’t worry, here’s how to get it:

Star Cinema 

  • Address: 9824 Fifth Street
  • When: Friday, from 5:00 p.m. to  8:30 p.m., Saturday, from 5:00 p.m. to  8:30 p.m., Sunday, from 1:00 p.m.to 4:30 p.m.

If you have a larger popcorn order, you can call (250-655-3384)


Cineplex (Yates)

Order online via Skip the Dishes after 6 p.m. daily. All food items such as pop, candy and etc. are available.

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