Slight glimmer of hope in the cultural community: cinemas, performance halls and theaters in the six regions that pass into the orange zone will be able to reopen their doors as of February 26. On the other hand, establishments located in red zones like Montreal and Quebec will still have to take their troubles patiently.
The Legault government indicated on Tuesday that the health situation was still too fragile in these regions to consider at this time the reopening of the rooms.
This announcement disappointed the owners of cinemas in the province who would have liked to obtain more responses to better prepare their reopening.
“We would have liked to see a long-term vision from the government,” lamented Tuesday the president of the Association of Quebec Cinemas Owners (APCQ), Denis Hurtubise.
“For us, if Montreal cinemas remain closed, it is very difficult to open theaters in the rest of Quebec. We recently had a meeting with Quebec distributors. They are ready to release new movies, but they say they need Montreal theaters to make it worth it. We would have preferred that the government could tell us when we can consider opening everything at the same time, whether in February or March ”.
A little bit of light
The news of this partial reopening was better received in the entertainment industry: “We are happy to see the light,” said Julie-Anne Richard, general manager of RIDEAU, a group of professional show presenters. The date of February 26 gives predictability for sales and organization. Under the circumstances, we are satisfied ”.
For producer Martin Leclerc (For a one night story), the new government announcements do not really change his situation: “There may be dates in Abitibi that we could do with The Immortals, at the end of February. But it remains to be seen whether the venues will still want to present shows. Otherwise, for most cinemas in the Montreal and Quebec regions, it doesn’t change anything. I don’t think we will put teams back on tour in the short term, ”he says.
Finally, the leaders of the theaters of Montreal and Quebec were not surprised to learn that they will have to remain closed until further notice. Duceppe’s artistic director, David Laurin, is still happy that the piece King Dave can be presented in Amqui, Baie-Comeau, Rimouski and Rivière-du-Loup. ” That is good news ! The team is ready and she continued to rehearse. Four presentations is not much, but it will give us the impression of starting to live quietly again, ”he concluded.
– With the collaboration of Cédric Bélanger, Raphaël Gendron-Martin and Yves Leclerc