Movie-goers beware — as excited as you are that Premier François Legault has announced the reopening of cinemas across Quebec, movie theatres won't be allowed to sell popcorn or other concessions, sparking the great #Popcorngate scandal of 2021. \nThere is, however, a bright side for cinema owners. Responding to backlash that Legault himself called "Popcorngate," the premier announced in a February 18 press conference that the government would compensate theatres to make up for the financial loss of closing concession stands.\nEditor's Choice: 4 Places Where Montrealers Can Taste Birria Tacos — The Trendiest Tacos Of The Year\n\n\n\n“\n\n\nWe are going to give to the cinemas that [...] open from February 26th financial compensation for the food part.\n\n\nPremier François Legault\n\n\n#Popcorngate sparked a wave of online reactions from Quebecers — from conjuring popcorn cravings to devising plans to sneak snacks into theatres. \nDuring the same press conference, Legault explained why movie theatres are allowed to reopen but theatres that host live performances are not. \nSince the nighttime curfew is remaining in place, the premier said theatres' clientele would be less likely to attend daytime plays and shows.\nLegault said theatre owners told him they would prefer to continue receiving financial aid from the government and reopen in the coming weeks, when the provincewide curfew may be lifted.\n"They would prefer, for a few weeks, to continue to be eligible for financial aid and then [...] open in a few weeks. So that's the way we're going to wait a few weeks." \nPopcornless movie theatres are set to reopen on February 26.