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Cineplex Coquitlam to screen Canada's remaining World Cup matches

Canada has two games left in the 2022 group stage, and if you watch them on the theatre screen, proceeds are earmarked for local food banks.
Canadian soccer fans cheered loud and proud in their 2022 World Cup opener against Belgium.

There's another way you can watch Canada's men's national soccer squad at the 2022 World Cup.

Coquitlam's Cineplex theatre (170 Schoolhouse St.) is set to host viewing parties for the team's final two preliminary matches tomorrow (Nov. 27) and Thursday (Dec. 1), which will also act as a fundraiser.

Admission is $5 to watch the live games and all proceeds will be donated to Food Banks Canada.

"With the cost of food, rent, gas, and other essentials at a 30-year high, families across Canada are struggling," the non-profit states on its website.

"Food banks are being stretched to their limits — just as families need them more than ever. This holiday season, please help us support food banks nationwide — so they can support the families that rely on them."

According to Cineplex, the experience for interested residents and sports fans will be "immersive" as it's concessions will also be open for those early morning popcorn cravings.

Canada dominated in its opening match with Belgium last Wednesday (Nov. 23), but lost where it counted on the scoresheet by a score of 1-0 to world number-two nation.

This was despite sending 21 shots on offense in the setback.

The last time Canada's men qualified for what is arguably one of the biggest sporting events in the world was in 1986. The team lost all three preliminary matches and failed to score a goal.

Now, as a result of the other games, the red and white find themselves at the bottom of their group and are in a must-win (or possibly tie) scenario.

The Canadians will square up with the 2018 World Cup runner-ups Croatia on Sunday at 8 a.m. Pacific time, as well as Morocco on Dec. 1 at 7 a.m.

Cineplex says tickets to the World Cup viewing parties will be available today (Nov. 26) at 12 p.m. and can be purchased online or in-person at the box office.

For more information, you can visit the movie theatre company's website.

Meanwhile, the Port Coquitlam Community Centre is hosting free Canada watch parties for the 2022 World Cup on the same dates at the same times.


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