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Cineplex to open theatres across Canada on Friday

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Cineplex Inc. says all its theatres and entertainment venues will be open later this week.

The Toronto-based movie exhibitor says 164 theatres, 1,687 screens and 10 entertainment complexes will be in operation again by Friday.

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Cineplex has gradually been reopening its locations over the last few weeks following closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company believes the return of all of its theatres makes it the first of the world’s major film exhibitors to reopen its entire network of locations.

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Those returning to Cineplex theatres are slowly being offered new releases to view, including “Spongebob: Sponge on the Run” and “Unhinged,” which debuted last week.

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The films were released in Canada ahead of the U.S — a rare occurrence that will be repeated next week when Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” hits Cineplex screens.