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The Civic Theatre’s Response To COVID-19

The Civic Theatre’s response to COVID-19

Our community’s health and safety is our primary concern, which is why the Civic Theatre has decided to close our doors temporarily, effective today (Monday, 16 March 2020). This morning, B.C. provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that British Columbia is now “cancelling all gatherings greater than 50 people…This is not forever, but it is important for now and for the foreseeable future – for the next few weeks.” 
This is a dynamic and unprecedented situation we are currently facing in Canada, therefore it is uncertain when we will be reopening. Our team is monitoring the situation closely and will provide updates on our websiteFacebook and Instagram. You can also call the theatre at 250-352-5833 with any questions or concerns.
“With cases rapidly increasing in Canada, particularly in British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta, our window to flatten the curve of the epidemic is narrow. We all need to act now.”
-Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Medical Officer of Health

Although we would love to keep providing Nelson locals with entertainment during a time of isolation, confusion and uncertainty, we cannot take the situation lightly. At this point, we know that we cannot wait to have a “first confirmed case” in our town before we act.


What if I have a ticket to an upcoming screening?

If you have tickets to an upcoming screening, you can email to request a refund. However, we hope you will also consider donating your tickets to Nelson Civic Theatre Society – as a registered Canadian charity we can provide a tax receipt for the value of your tickets, and to be frank, at this time, we could really use your support.

There are no screenings, but what about other things that The Civic Theatre does?

Our Screen-Based Industry program and Rural Arts Inclusion Lab are both still active while our theatre is dark – look on our website, in our emails, and on Facebook and Instagram for more information about the many virtual activities that will continue during this time. In addition, our programming staff are hard at work to bring content to you in your home or on your mobile device – stay tuned for more information.

How can I help?

We won’t lie – closing our theatre for a while is going to have an effect on our budget and our viability. We really need your help right now. The good news is that there are a few things you can do to really help improve our path forward:

Buy an NCTS membership. Buy one for yourself, your partner, your kids. Tell your friends. Memberships are $20 for adults and $5 for children. Bonus: we will activate your membership year the day we are able to reopen The Civic Theatre.

Make a donation. Funds raised now will help us to weather the next few months, keeping essential staff in place and continuing to develop our programs and services for the community. Your gift now will enable us to bounce back quickly when things get going again so that we can bring you the films you love.

Keep up to date with the latest information

For the latest Covid-19 updates, please refer to the Nelson and Kootenay Lake Tourism news page.

We will continue to evaluate when it will be possible to reopen our doors, based on updated government recommendations. Until then, we hope you stay safe, healthy and happy as you watch films from your couch. We’ll keep you all informed of when your community living room will be up and running again.