While the seats are empty and the screens blank at Yellowknife’s only cinema, its marquee is trying to provide some cheer during the Covid-19 public health crisis.
Instead of movie titles and show times, a sign outside the Capitol Theatre displays a line from Simple Minds’ 1980s hit Don’t You (Forget About Me) – popularized by screen classic The Breakfast Club.
It’s a plea to support the cinema once it reopens.
“When this is all over, we want to make sure [people] remember there’s a movie theatre they can come see the latest blockbusters at,” said general manager Chris Wood.
“Don’t forget we’re here, don’t forget we play the movies you want to see.”
The theatre temporarily closed its doors on March 18 in compliance with a request from the NWT’s chief public health officer that all gatherings be cancelled.