Queen's Quarterly

Queen's Quarterly
Queen's Quarterly

“Cinemas May Be Closed”
              - 22 Short Scenes about Moviegoing, Going … Gone?

Brian Gibson

Fall 2020 - Cinemas May Be Closed


Just a few months after cinemas had closed around the world, as the first wave of the coronavirus had ebbed in much of Europe, there were reports of reduced capacity and socially distanced al fresco screenings doing well. With so many people coming out of lockdown, self-isolation, and quarantine, demand for a big-screen, collective experience seemed to surge again …


Brian Gibson is a professor of literature and film at Université Sainte-Anne in Nova Scotia. In some of his previous QQ articles, he reconsidered Terry Fox, charted the highs and lows of Brazilian soccer and Canadian hockey, and reflected on life in a history-promoting tourism town.