Health & Safety Information

Update: December 22, 2021

In response to the provincial government’s updated restrictions, The Cinematheque has reduced the capacity of the theatre to 50% (78 people or less) beginning December 22, 2021. This capacity restriction will be in place until further notice.

Effective September 13, and in accordance with public health regulations, all patrons (12+) will need to show proof of vaccination to attend a screening at The Cinematheque. More details about this can be found here.

All patrons are required to wear a mask if they are able. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. We ask that patrons maintain at least one seat distance between their party and other guests when selecting seats.

A comprehensive outline of our health and safety protocols can be found below.

What to expect when visiting The Cinematheque

We have developed a comprehensive set of protocols to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep our patrons, staff, volunteers, and wider community safe. This will be a phased reopening in order for us to remain flexible as we navigate this new normal.

This information is subject to change, so check back for the latest updates before buying your ticket or visiting.

Proof of Vaccination

Effective September 13, 2021, in accordance with public health regulations, all patrons (12+) must have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in order to attend a screening at The Cinematheque. By October 24, 2021, you must be fully vaccinated. The requirement is in place until January 31, 2022 and could be extended.

Patrons (12+) will be required to show proof of vaccination on arrival at the theatre from September 13, 2021 onwards. The following official immunization records will be accepted:

BC immunization record
Accepted only until September 26, 2021

BC Vaccine Card
You can show this on your phone or bring a physical copy

An outside-of-BC immunization record
Accepted if you are visiting BC

Everyone aged 19+ must show government-issued photo ID with their proof of vaccination.

To help speed up the process, we ask that you have your proof of vaccination and photo ID ready when you arrive at The Cinematheque.

More information about proof of vaccination and the BC Vaccine Card can be found on the Government of British Columbia's website.

Social Distancing

Steps have been taken to ensure social distancing is possible when visiting The Cinematheque, and we ask that patrons respect this.

The theatre currently has a reduced capacity of 50% (78 people or less). When possible, we ask that patrons maintain at least one seat distance between their party and other guests when selecting seats.

Due to limited capacity, we ask that patrons in wheelchairs call ahead to reserve wheelchair spots and their adjacent companion seats. You can reach us at 604 688 8202 during office hours. These spaces and companion seats will be held until 15 minutes before showtime if not reserved in advance.

Masks & Hand Sanitizer


We have developed an increased, systematic cleaning schedule. There will be extra time between screenings to incorporate these increased measures.

Buying Tickets

We recommend that patrons purchase tickets online in advance when possible. When advance tickets for a screening are sold out, a limited number of first-come, first-served tickets will be released at Box Office on the day of the screening.

Attending a Screening

If you feel unwell, particularly if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, we ask that you please stay home. As mentioned, all patrons are required to wear a face mask if they are able when visiting The Cinematheque and proof of vaccination will be required from September 13, 2021.

While in the theatre, we ask that you:


We have a selection of concession orders available to purchase in-person at Box Office. These include our delicious popcorn, Daniel Chocolates, Karameller candy, The Lemon Square, fountain soda, and hot beverages.


Please line up in the lobby if there is not a stall available in either restroom.

Thorough cleaning of the restrooms will be conducted before, during, and after each screening.

Our restrooms are single stall, all gender restrooms. Everyone is welcome.

Virtual Screenings

Virtual screening opportunities continue to complement our in-theatre programming, ensuring those in our community who are unable to return at this time can still experience Cinematheque programming from home.

Please note that passes and Ticket Packs are not valid for virtual screenings.