Since the COVID-19 pandemic followed by lockdown movie theaters have been shut from the past 10 weeks. Now according to the information Multiplex Association of India and single-screen owners submitted a letter to the Centre and state governments urging them to reopen theaters by June 30.
While the authorities have assured to take all the safety measures in theaters across the country.
“We are hoping that theatres will reopen between June 15 and June 30, once the government approves the guidelines submitted by the industry,” a daily quoted Abhimanyu Bansal, who runs Entertainment Paradise, a multiplex chain in Jaipur.
The letter also assured that the theatre’s authorities will make sure deep-cleaning of auditorium seats on a daily basis and temperature checks of audience. They also insure cinema staff will have to mandatorily wear masks and gloves, with a compulsory Aarogya Setu app on their phones.
Cinemas will also employ a staggered seating arrangement in the auditoriums to enable social distancing. “At the onset, we might be allowed only 50 per cent occupancy,” added Abhimanyu.
Talking about big-budget films like Akshay Kumar’s Sooryavanshi, Abhimanyu said, “Sooryavanshi will be one of the first few films to release, but the producers may delay its release by a few weeks. They may initially want to gauge [the footfalls]. Big movies like Sooryavanshi and Radhe will lure the audiences back to the theatres.”