Independent cinemas across Canada say they are being kept from screening top films like “Parasite” and “Hustlers” as they’re released – and they claim theatre giant Cineplex Inc. is to blame.
In a petition signed by over 8,000 people, indie cinemas are accusing Cineplex of engaging in anti-competitive behaviour by blocking their ability to screen films at the same time as the Toronto-based theatre giant.
The petition, launched by Vancouver’s Rio Theatre, calls for support for indie theatres. It claims that if a distributor tries to book a film with an indie theatre anywhere near a Cineplex location, the cinema giant will threaten to pull their own screenings of that film in the area, spooking distributors into shutting out smaller theatres.
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