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Masked moviegoers walk through the Cineplex theatre on the Queensway in Toronto on Aug. 18, 2020.Melissa Tait/The Globe and Mail

Cineplex Inc. says all its theatres and entertainment venues will be open later this week.

The Toronto-based movie exhibitor says 164 theatres, 1,687 screens and 10 entertainment complexes will be in operation again by Friday.

Cineplex has gradually been reopening its locations over the last few weeks after shutdowns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company says the return of all of its theatres makes it the first of the world’s major film exhibitors to reopen its entire network of locations.

Those returning to Cineplex theatres are slowly being offered new releases to view, including SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run and Unhinged, which made its last week.

The films were released in Canada ahead of the United States – a rare occurrence that will be repeated next week when Christopher Nolan’s Tenet hits Cineplex screens.

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