Largest independent cinema chain in the province offers free viewing of the papal visit to Québec City on all 143 movies screens in the Greater Montréal Area 


Montréal, July 14, 2022 – Cinémas Guzzo, the largest independent cinema chain in Québec, becomes an important partner in the papal visit at the end of July of this year. The cinema chain will make its 143 movie screens in 10 complexes in the Greater Montréal Area available to mark the occasion. This will allow thousands of people to collectively experience this historic moment in a comfortable setting – giving easy access to those who want to partake in this significant visit.


This initiative, developed by Cinémas Guzzo’s President and CEO, Mr. Vincenzo Guzzo in collaboration with the Mgr. Arthur Deschênes Foundation, will give thousands of people the opportunity to see for free the broadcast of this important mass at the Basilica of Sainte-Anne de Beaupré on July 28 at 10:00 am, where more than 15,000 people, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit, survivors, victims of Residential Schools and their families, will be gathered.


While access to the event in the cinemas is free, voluntary donations will be collected under the direction of the Mgr. Arthur Deschênes Foundation. These funds will be transferred entirely to the fundraising campaign for the papal visit. 


Mr. Guzzo states: “Pope Francis’ visit is historic. Engaging with Indigenous peoples on Canadian soil is the one of many steps forward in the discussion about the consequences of the actions of members of the Catholic Church, in particular the painful and unacceptable legacy of residential schools in this country. We can all do our part to build a path towards truth and reconciliation, I wanted to contribute as much as I could.”


Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, coordinator for the papal visit in Québec, shares his gratitude: “I want to thank Mr. Guzzo for his offer that will allow many to experience this historic moment in our community. The great generosity expressed by several partners shows a common desire to make this event a moment of healing, as well as a milestone in the relations between Indigenous people and society as a whole.”


About Vincenzo Guzzo

Vincenzo Guzzo is a seasoned entrepreneur with a diverse portfolio of businesses including multi-theatre chain Cinémas Guzzo, restaurants, a construction company, an e-commerce gourmet food platform, and MrSunshine, his personal fashion and gourmet snack brand.


He and his wife, Maria, are committed to various philanthropic endeavours and have raised millions of dollars to support medical research aimed at the prevention of cancer and the support of mental health initiatives. His role as a Dragon on CBC’s wildly popular Dragons’ Den has been giving Mr. Guzzo a platform to share personal insights and provide entrepreneurial guidance globally since 2018.



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