Some Quebec film theatres reopen Friday, but owners worry plan not sustainable

MONTREAL — Film theatres in Quebec were allowed to reopen Friday, but owners are wondering how long they can operate without selling food and with customers who have to be home by 8 p.m.
Eric Bouchard, co-president of a film theatre owner group, Association des proprietaires de cinemas du Quebec, said his members planned to reopen their doors Friday after their businesses had been shut down by the government since October. Revenue, he said, is expected to be much lower than usual.
“Not being able to show films in the evening because of the curfew and not selling food makes our business model very hard in terms of profitability,” Bouchard said in a recent interview.
At least one major theatre owner says the rules make it impossible for him to reopen, while those who welcomed patrons back on Friday say they aren’t sure the government’s plan is sustainable.
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