Carnival Cinema is closing temporarily to reduce the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Going to the movies does not fit with current social distancing protocols, said owner Bill Ramji, who closed the downtown theatre Tuesday.
The shutdown will continue until Thursday, April 2.
“Although we have drastically heightened our cleaning protocols since the weekend, we feel that now is the time to temporarily close Carnival Cinemas.”
Ramji explained the health and safety of his employees and guests “is of utmost importance… We are basing this decision off recent government directives, as well as the increased concern of spreading COVID-19 in large gatherings.”
All birthday party deposits/bookings and private theatre rental deposits/bookings will be refunded.
“We are saddened to see our doors close, even temporarily, but we very much appreciate everyone’s co-operation and we look forward to seeing you all again very soon,” said Ramji.
The closure applies to Carnival Cinemas and not Ctrl V Red Deer. Ramji said Ctrl V Red Deer’s Facebook page will announce any changes to its operation.