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The Mayfair Theatre reopened at reduced capacity

By Apartment613 on July 17, 2021



Good news! Ottawa’s longest running movie theatre reopened on July 16.

As Ottawa moves into “Stage 3” of the provincial framework for reopening, The Mayfair Theatre is lighting up the big screen again and opening its doors to local filmgoers. The venue is limiting attendance and ticket sales to 50 per cent capacity, 90 people.

Additional safety measures include mandatory masks, physically distanced seating, frequent cleaning and disinfecting, and more safety measures outlined here in The Mayfair’s e-newsletter.

Listed on the bright marquee this week include a pair of Nicholas Cage flicks, new and old. Cage stars in the brooding revenge thriller Pig (2021); and director David Lynch’s Wild at Heart (1990) which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival.

There’s also the Ottawa premiere of a French film (with English subtitles) called The Specials (2019), and the 40th anniversary screenings of the partially-produced-in-Ottawa classic, Heavy Metal (1981), from Oscar-nominated producer Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) featuring Eugene Levy and John Candy.

Playing from July 24 to 29 is Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980), and the film buffs at Apartment613 are most looking forward to the July 23 Ottawa premiere of a groundbreaking Norwegian film called Gunda (2021), which follows the unfiltered farm lives of a mother pig, a flock of chickens, and a herd of cows—without dialogue.

For those who aren’t ready to return to the cinema in-person, The Mayfair continues to offer stay-at-home virtual films which at the moment includes Moby Doc (2021), Sweet Thing (2021), Undine (2021), Tove (2020) and Lift Like a Girl (2020), as well as three programs of Oscar-nominated short films.

Visit for tickets and the complete schedule.