Cobourg Loft and AGN Re-open

Movie theatres and Art Galleries are allowed to open provided they meet social distancing and other rules.  On August 4, Ken Prue’s Cobourg Loft is reopening with only a third of capacity and will respect all the rules.  He will be screening a full program but no live shows.  I understand live shows are harder since they need to generally fill most if not all seats to make them financially viable and that’s true for all theatres such as the Capitol.  The Art Gallery of Northumberland (AGN) is in Victoria Hall but it seems that they are opening up enough to let people visit the Art Gallery on the third floor.  To visit, you’ll need to make an appointment by choosing a day and time.  They are currently exhibiting 60 Years: An Anniversary which opened just before they shut down in March but will now continue to September 4.

So now there are four venues in Cobourg that provide entertainment (see links below).



Films play at 2 PM and 7 PM, Monday to Saturday – see Loft web site for Program


Monday: Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: Closed



  • Spectators at film events are limited to 20 people, Physical distancing measures will be in place
  • All patrons must wear a mask or face covering
  • Patrons are encouraged to pre-register at [email protected]
  • Patrons are requested to prepay by $10.00 e-transfer to [email protected]  (see web site for more detail)
  • If unable to prepay please have exact change $10.00

View Calendar on Loft web site here or download Ken’s review of the films showing here.


  • Visits are by appointment only. To make an appointment, go to their web site here or phone (905) 372-0333
  • Please do not visit the AGN if you’re feeling unwell.
  • Visitors are to wear masks. Disposable masks will be available at the Front Desk for $2.00 each for those who don’t come equipped with their own.
  • Use the hand sanitizing stations located throughout the galleries.
  • Remain at least two (2) metres apart from other visitors at all times.
  • Please follow the health and safety guidelines posted throughout the gallery.
  • Elevators will be operating with limited occupancy
  • All visitors will be asked to use Victoria Hall main floor washrooms.

There’s no word of when Rainbow Cinemas at the Mall will open although there’s talk that they don’t have new films to show so they are debating opening on weekends screening classics – no doubt using rules like Ken’s. (See their facebook page)  Currently they open on Saturdays from 1 to 4 to sell popcorn.


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3 years ago

Our local weekly newspaper recently noted in a headline that you can gain access to the computer lab at the Cobourg library by “singing up” (sic) in advance.
I think if I went there and tried “singing up” to get access they would call the authorities and have me escorted out without delay.

3 years ago

Very hard for any small business to survive on 30 %
less income , longer hrs in hopes of getting the volume through your doors , more cleaning ,
Your overhead and taxes stay the same probably increasing.
Lets hope Trudeau sends some more $$$ to CPP & OAS so we can pay for the
obvious increases in the cost of goods, utilities and living expenses
Small business will have to increase their rates to survive