Dear supporters of the Globe Cinema,
In response to the recent developments of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, the Globe Cinema in consultation with its parent company, RILEYS Enterprises, and under advisement from Alberta Health Services and the arts community, has chosen to cease all operations effective immediately in solidarity with other Calgary-based arts organizations doing their part to prevent the spread of the pandemic through public gathering venues. This is not a decision we made lightly, and we understand that the financial implications may have long-term consequences for the Globe’s future.
As a result of this, and in an attempt to keep the Globe operational after this outbreak, we urge our clients to postpone their events rather than cancelling. We rely heavily on rental revenue to keep the Globe from permanently closing its doors. Our management team will work hard with our patrons, clients and supporters to reschedule any events, and promote growth in attendance after the outbreak subsides. If you are a registered charity, we can discuss the possibility of converting deposits into charitable donations, or credit toward future bookings.
We are all in this together, and especially as an arts industry, we are the most vulnerable to the financial and attendance decline caused by this pandemic. Over the next week we will be working on innovative ways to still possibly operate without having mass gatherings in our venue. We will reach out to you and find ways that both your organizations and the Globe can mutually benefit from our efforts to reach audiences and minimize the financial damage caused by this pandemic crisis to all parties.
Please contact our office (preferably by email) to discuss how we can move forward with postponing your events and/or arranging contingency plans on a case-by-case basis. Again, we would like to keep refunds as a last option at this point if possible. Let’s have a discussion together.
Stay safe, and thank you for your understanding on this matter