After 14 months, Israel to reopen cinemas to vaccinated and unvaccinated
After 14 months of closure during the coronavirus pandemic, Israeli cinemas are expected to reopen on Thursday. The country’s main cinema chains will open their doors to the general public – including children – according to a plan soon to be announced by the health ministry.
Although some film libraries have already reopened, private cinemas have clarified that opening them in accordance with previous Health Ministry regulations – which required proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test – was not economically feasible. . Children below the vaccination age make up a significant portion of the film audience, and theaters prefer to stay closed rather than lose that audience.
Representatives of movie chains and the health ministry have had discussions in recent weeks, during which they decided the ministry will formulate a new plan that would allow children to enter cinemas with occupancy limits.
The recently reopened Cinema City, Yes Planet, Hot Cinema and Lev channels will feature new films alongside those that have been released on streaming services and in international theaters in recent months.