December 23 – Update

Throughout Covid-19, Metro Cinema has worked very hard and been very lucky to avoid any known cases associated with our staff or patrons.


Unfortunately, one of Metro’s staff members tested positive for Covid-19 on December 23. This staff member is experiencing mild symptoms and is now resting and isolating at home. While this person did not work in a public-facing role, several of Metro’s staff members were in close contact.


Metro has a small group of staff, so to allow these close contacts the opportunity to self-isolate, we have made the difficult decision to close temporarily out of an abundance of caution.


Metro will remain closed from December 23, 2021, to January 9, 2022. Advance purchased tickets will be refunded.


We are very sorry for the inconvenience this may cause. We take the safety of our staff and community very seriously. All Metro’s staff are fully vaccinated, provided with PPE, and Metro’s policies remain above and beyond government and AHS regulations.


During a time when all Albertans are recommended to reduce personal interactions, we feel that this is a responsible decision, despite the disappointment caused by these cancellations.


Thank you for your support, and we wish you a safe and restful holiday season.

Metro Season Launch 50/50 Raffle

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who supported Metro through our raffle. The winner has been contacted. Congratulations to Kyle O!


Metro Cinema is excited to announce our Season Launch 50/50 Fundraiser! Funds raised by this raffle will help us continue to bring Edmonton the very best indie, new release, local, and classic films!


You can enter the raffle here. Sales end at noon on Tuesday, November 30.


Job Posting – Programming Manager

Job Posting – Programming Manager


Metro Cinema is a community-based not-for-profit society devoted to creating and fostering opportunities for the exhibition of diverse, unique shared viewing experiences in Edmonton. We are dedicated to the presentation of film and video in many forms, hosting a thousand events each year in the historic Garneau Theatre.

Metro is seeking a Programming Manager with a passion for cinema, an appreciation of film as an art form, and a love of community engagement to join our team. As Programming Manager, you will design, coordinate, and implement film exhibition at Metro Cinema on a daily basis. You’ll work closely with staff, community stakeholders, and the Metro Cinema Programming Committee to build and execute the long-term programming vision and fulfill the society’s mandate.


●        Booking and scheduling daily screenings

●        Maintaining relationships with film distributors and negotiating the terms of film exhibition

●        Selecting films that support Metro Cinema’s mandate, broad curatorial vision, and policies

●        Ensuring that programming reflects Metro Cinema’s dual commitment to maintaining high aesthetic standards and fostering the growth and diversity of our audience

●        Coordination with other staff and community stakeholders to help plan screenings, special events, and community partnerships

●        Coordinating classification of content whenever required

●        Tracking of statistical data related to film category and attendance



●        A breadth of contemporary and historic film knowledge from a global perspective

●        Excellent written and verbal communications skills

●        Outstanding organizational skills and the ability to handle complex time-sensitive logistical issues and prioritize multiple deadlines

●        An ability to contextualize films in a social or artistic sense, and an appreciation for a wide variety of cinematic styles and film categories

●        Creativity and flexibility while balancing the needs of various stakeholders

●        The ability to lead a working group and work within a collaborative environment

●        Familiarity with Microsoft Office and Google Suite software


Prior experience with film distribution, film exhibition and programming, and a technical understanding of contemporary presentation formats are assets but not required.

This is a full-time, permanent position. We offer a flexible work schedule, with most work during daytime, weekday hours. Some evening and weekend work is required. This position includes extended health coverage and a starting salary between $38,000 to $45,000 annually, depending on experience.


Send your cover letter and resume in confidence to

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, November 24, 2021.

Metro Cinema is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a safe, positive, and inclusive workplace free of discrimination and harassment. We employ personnel without regard to age, race, colour, ethnic background, citizenship, gender identification, sexual orientation, disability, family status, and any status protected by the statutes and laws of Canada and Alberta.

Download PDF:

Programming Manager Job Posting Metro Cinema 2021


Halloween Colouring Contest

Happy Halloween! It’s time for another round of Metro’s all-ages colouring contest!

Take your pick of these beautiful colouring pages created by Metro’s fabulous volunteer designers, and dig out your crayons, markers, digital art, or your favourite art supplies.

Download colouring pages here

A jury of Metro’s staff and board will choose a winner in the following categories based on our favourite entries. Winners will receive a Metro prize pack and will be announced on October 30.

Category 1: Age 0-8
Category 2: Age 8-12
Category 3: Age 13+ (Adults welcome and encouraged!)

To enter, submit your full name, age, and a scan or photo of your completed work to by October 21. By entering, you agree to allow your entry to be used online and on social media.

No printer? No scanner? Pop by the Garneau Theatre. Paper copies are available for curbside pickup at the front door, and completed entries may be dropped off in the mailbox located next to the red side door on 87 Avenue.

Winners must pick up their prize at the Garneau Theatre.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

After many conversations with our staff, board, and community, Metro Cinema has made the decision to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result (within 72 hours) for all customers, staff, and volunteers over 12 years of age.

We have the utmost respect for your privacy, and we are following the lead of sports and entertainment venues, independent cinemas, and arts organizations across the country, and around the world. We don’t make this decision lightly, but a near future without government mandated health protections looms, and we continue to invite film fans to the safest environment we are able to offer.

As cases climb, vaccines are the best tool available to slow the spread of the virus, prevent serious outcomes, and allow us to continue to gather safely at the Garneau.

We thank you for your support, and for sticking with us through many changes and challenges.

Effective September 20, 2021.

For more details and ways to present your proof of vaccination, please visit our website at:

Metro Cinema COVID-19 Policy for July 1

With the removal of Alberta restrictions on July 1, Metro remains cautious and optimistic for the future. At this time, we plan to maintain our limited capacity below 30%, our seating plan layout with social distancing in place, and we continue to require face coverings for staff and customers, except while seated in the auditorium enjoying concession snacks.

Our staff are important to us, and their comfort and safety while dealing directly with the public is our first priority. We want to be sure that each of them (and each of you) has the opportunity to get the protection of two vaccine doses before we remove or reduce safety measures. These extended efforts are temporary, and we hope they make our reopening permanent. If we continue to work together for a little longer, we will get through the last leg of this journey safely.

Thank you all for joining us in this abundance of caution, and we can’t wait to see you back at the Garneau.

We’re Back! Metro Reopens for In-Person Cinema on Friday, June 18

Metro is delighted to announce that we are preparing to reopen for in-person cinema on Friday, June 18. Stay tuned to for our opening weekend film schedule announcement in the coming days.

Metro Cinema cares about the safety of our patrons and the wider community. We have taken great care to create a safe and physically distanced environment for film fans to gather. Please thoroughly review our COVID-19 Safety Measures prior to your visit. We have come so far, and we are taking every precaution to protect our staff and audience.

Vaccines are the ticket to this reopening, and to the eventual return to full capacity events at the Garneau. We hope you’ll help us get there, and get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible.

Metro Concession Takeout

Let’s all go to the lobby! Metro’s concession opens for takeout.

Metro’s lobby will be open on select weekend days for popcorn takeout! Stop by the Garneau theatre for pop, beer, candy, and popcorn to go. Walk-in only, with social distancing in effect.

Coming up:
June 6 12:00-6:00pm
June 11 4:00-9:00pm
June 12 2:00-9:00pm

Live From the Garneau: Keep Smiling

Metro Cinema presents Live From the Garneau. This is a brand new series where local musicians and filmmakers come together in the beautiful Garneau Theatre.

We are thrilled to announce a new project: Keep Smiling, featuring Smokey and Ryan Leedu. Check out the teaser today, with the full short film available on April 30.

Metro Cinema 2021 Custom Poster Auction

Did you know that Metro Cinema’s movie posters are created by a team of talented volunteer graphic designers? That’s right! For years, talented artists have created unique new movie posters to hang in our theatre and around town. Now, you have a chance to bring have a custom movie poster, for a film of your choice, created by one of these great artists!

The winner has the opportunity to choose an artist from our list of participating designers to receive a customized, full-size theatrical movie poster for the film of your choice! The Grand Prize includes an authentic cinema poster display case to hang your masterpiece. View all the participating artist’s portfolios below and follow this link to bid on the prize!


How will the winner select an artist?
• A Metro representative will contact the winner and put them in touch with their choice of artist from our list of participating volunteers. Be sure to check out the participating artist’s portfolios!

How will the artist know what poster to make?
• The winner will get to choose the film and provide some additional details about the film choice. After that, the artist will get to work creating the custom poster masterpiece.

Can I request changes to the finished poster?
• No. Just like when they make a poster for Metro Cinema, the artist will have full creative freedom. You should discuss all ideas during the initial consultation.

How long will it take for the grand prize winner to get their poster?
• Metro Cinema will work with the artist to determine a timeline for the completion of the artwork. Every artist’s process is different and something that cannot be rushed, therefore completion time may vary.

But what will I do with such a giant movie poster?
• Metro Cinema will print the full-size theatrical poster (24 x36 inches) and provide an authentic cinema poster display case for you to hang your poster in.

How can I pay for my item if I have the winning bid?
• A Metro representative will be in touch to arrange for payment with options that include, Credit, Debit, Cash, or Cheque.

What if I can’t pick up the prize if I win?
• Shipping may be arranged as an additional cost, separate from the value of the winning bid.