Many movie theatres in the Interior are set to reopen next Tuesday

Theatres set to reopen

UPDATE: 2 p.m.

Cineplex Theatres across B.C. have also announced they will be reopening for limited admission June 15.

Theatres are located in Kamloops, Vernon and Kelowna.

ORIGINAL: 4 a.m.

Landmark Cinemas is set to reopen many of its theatres across the province, including three in the Okanagan next week.

According to their website, movie theatres will open Tuesday, June 15.

According to B.C.'s four phase reopening unveiled by Premier John Horgan, the reopening of movie theatres is part of Phase 2.

The earliest Phase 2 could begin is June 15, but only if cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations continue to drop, and at least 65 per cent of the adult population has received a first dose of the vaccine.

Currently, hospitalizations are on track, while nearly 75 per cent of adults have received one vaccine dose.

Admission would be restricted to 50 people and masks would still be required.

The company website would only say which theatres would be reopening. They include the Grand 10 in Kelowna, Xtreme West Kelowna and Landmark Penticton.

The Encore in West Kelowna is expected to open again once enough first-run movies have moved through the main theatres.

While Landmark is optimistic about a reopening, the final decision will rest with the province.

Movies expected to be shown once theatres open again include Peter Rabbit 2, Cruella, A Quiet Place 2, Raya and the Last Dragon and the Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard, among others.

Many have already been available on streaming service for a few months.

Theatres across the province opened briefly in July last year, but closed again in the fall as the second wave of COVID-19 caught hold.

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