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Hot Docs Cinema Reopening

Welcome back! Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema will be reopening its doors on Thursday, October 8.

We want you to know the safety of our visitors and staff is our top priority. Our reopening comes after much consultation and with careful adherence to current City of Toronto Public Health guidelines. We will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds over the upcoming months and adjust our operations accordingly.

While endeavoring to maintain an enjoyable viewing experience, we will be introducing necessary safety precautions—including mandatory mask wearing, reduced capacity (50), advanced reserve seating and increased physical distancing procedures—all listed below.

Please note, you will now need to book your tickets in advance on our website. To keep the Cinema contact-free, tickets are no longer available for purchase on site.

Upon opening, we will be offering a streamlined schedule of two films a day, allotting for increased cleaning time in-between screenings.

We recognize you may not yet be comfortable returning to the Cinema, so we’re thrilled to also continue to offer dynamic streaming programming on Hot Docs at Home. We are also committed to bringing films premiering at the Cinema to Hot Docs at Home, ensuring all our audiences have the opportunity to experience them.

Thank you for your support during these difficult times. If you’re able to further your assistance as we navigate these critical next steps, please consider making a donation or becoming a Hot Docs Member. Leading up to our reopening, we’re offering special pricing on memberships—now is a great time to join and save on our range of in-cinema and on-demand offerings.

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What We’re Doing to Keep You Safe

The following measures have been implemented to make sure your experience is as safe and enjoyable as possible:

  • Reduced seating capacity (50 patrons)
  • Reserved, physically distanced seating (at least 2 m / 6 feet between parties)
  • Mandatory masks or face coverings for all staff and cinema patrons*
  • Increased cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces prior to all screenings and throughout shifts
  • Hand sanitizing stations made available throughout the venue
  • Physical distancing protocols throughout the venue
  • Cash-free and contact-free transactions only. Tickets only available online.

*City of Toronto By-Law 541-2020


While you are visiting the Cinema, please remember to:

Wear a mask or face covering
Please keep your mask on at all times during your visit.

Keep your distance
Please maintain 2 m/ 6 ft. of distance between those who are not in your party

Arrive Early
Help avoid crowding by arriving to the Cinema at least 10 minutes before your screening time

Follow directions
Avoid crowding by following directional signage and in-cinema announcements

Wash your hands
Wash them often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer, available throughout the building

Stay home if you’re feeling sick
This includes if you are coughing, sneezing, have a fever or have been exposed to somebody who is ill


What else you should know

Have further questions? Visit our FAQ page.

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Ordering Tickets
When we open, the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Box Office will remain closed. Tickets must be booked online, in advance of your screening.

To book your online ticket, visit our in-cinema schedule, select the film of your choice and then choose the screening time that is best for you and your preferred seat(s). You will be required to create or sign-in to your Hot Docs account. Visa, Mastercard, and American Express are accepted for all online sales.

All seats are reserved-only. In compliance with physical distancing guidelines, all guests will automatically have “buffer seats” of at least 2 m / 6 ft of distance built in between them and other attendees.

Please have your ticket ready for scanning (print-at-home copy, or on your phone). Contact-free self-scanners will be available upon arrival.

Hot Docs is committed to keeping our cinema accessible to all guests and has made every effort to ensure accessibility and companion seating is still available. That said, please note that we have adjusted our seating layouts and reduced overall seating capacity in each of our auditoriums to ensure proper physical distancing. Click here for Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema’s Accessibility policies and procedures.

If you are not feeling well, please contact us prior to the start of your movie showtime and we will we gladly issue a refund.

Have further questions or need assistance? Email us at [email protected].


Eating & Drinking

A limited menu of drinks and snacks will be available to purchase at our Concessions through debit or credit transactions only. Cash will not be accepted.

Napkins, biodegradable straws, utensils and condiments are available upon request.

Concessions staff are wearing masks and practicing enhanced sanitation and disinfection protocols, in accordance with Toronto Public Health. We have installed Plexiglas partitions at every point of sale as a protective barrier between our staff and our guests.

Please consider sending one person from your group to make your order.


Physical Distancing Measures

Total audience capacity has been reduced to 50 in the Cinema. To facilitate physical distancing, seating in the upper balcony is currently unavailable.

All seats are reserved-only. In compliance with physical distancing guidelines, all guests will automatically have “buffer seats” of at least 2 m / 6 ft of distance built in between them and other attendees. Guests are required to sit in their reserved seat for the duration of the movie, and not sit in empty seats or rows. If a seat change is needed, please ask one of our employees for assistance.

Signage reminding guests to ensure physical distancing will be available in common areas throughout the building, including in our auditoriums, concessions and washrooms.

We ask that all guests not lining up for concessions, find their seats immediately in order to keep the lobby clear.

Guests will be asked to leave the cinema after their screening. To minimize crowding, patrons will be asked to exit the Cinema row by row, starting with the balcony. Further instructions and directions will be provided in an announcement at the end of the screening.

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