On the 9th of August, multiplex employees in Maharashtra will protest against the state government’s indifference to them. While hotels and restaurants have been given permission to reopen across the state, cinemas, both single-screen and multiplexes, have been instructed to remain closed until further orders. With growing deficits, it’s becoming increasingly difficult, if not impossible, for movie theatres to stay open.
The personnel of multiplexes will protest tomorrow at several locations to highlight their predicament including Infiniti Mall (Andheri and Malad in Bombay), Phoenix Market City (Kurla, Bombay), R City (Ghatkopar, Bombay and Thane), Growels 101 (Kandivali East, Bombay), Inorbit Mall (Malad, Bombay), Seawoods Grand Central (Nerul, Navi Mumbai), Inorbit Mall (Vashi, Navi Mumbai), Orion Mall (Panvel, Navi Mumbai), Viviana Mall (Thane), Korum Mall (Thane), Phoenix Market City (Viman Nagar, Pune), Westend Mall (Aundh, Pune) and Elpro City Square (Pimpri-Chinchwad).
Because mall owners are also waiting for authorization to reopen, multiplex employees will be joined by mall employees. It should be noted that malls were allowed to reopen in the state on August 2nd, but the authority was quickly revoked.
The Multiplex Association of India, the Shopping Centres Association of India, and the Retailers Association of India will hold a joint press conference on August 9th at The Oriental Residency, Khar West, Bombay at 12.30 p.m. to discuss the urgent reopening of cinemas and malls in Maharashtra. The film industry will be represented by Kamal Gianchandani, president of MAI, who will speak to the media.