Kamloops' Paramount Theatre told by health officials to stop offering private screenings

Theatre again told to close

The Kamloops Film Society has once again been told to stop offering private movie screenings at the Paramount Theatre.

The private showings had been available to groups of six or smaller, only consisting of people from the same household bubble.

“We were briefly allowed to be open with permission from Interior Health, but the province has reiterated to them that any movie watching is considered an event,” executive director Dusan Magdolen said in an email on Wednesday.

“Therefore, we are not allowed to do any private bookings until the restrictions are lifted. If you have booked a private screening with us, we will be contacting you shortly.”

The Paramount closed its doors in March 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and kept them shut completely until September, when they opened publicly one day per week in addition to offering private screenings. In October and November, the theatre was open three days a week in addition to private screenings.

Late in November, though, when restrictions were tightened, Magdolen had to close the theatre once again.

He was given the green light to resume private screenings early last month and then told on Wednesday he had to close.

Magdolen said the situation is unfortunate.

“When you have zero revenue, having any revenue is huge,” he said. “And then just having people watch movies and having some staff back for shifts was nice, too.”

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