Cinemas reopen – the Berlin Spectator
With the reopening of cinemas in Germany, a new step towards normality has been taken today. Since the third Corona wave in November, theaters have been closed. A long break is finally over.
Berlin, July 1, 2021 (The Berlin Spectator) – The big moment has arrived. From today, the cinemas are back. Even the weather is perfect for the reopening of hundreds of cinemas. It’s raining all over the country, which means people will stay away from outdoor cafes, public swimming pools, and return to movie theaters. Since the German national football team were beaten and literally kicked out of the European Football Championship on Tuesday, these matches no longer entertain audiences as much.
Dinner and drinks
For eight months, Netflix, Amazon Prime, similar streaming services, and television were the only sources of movies. But the more films Germans watched on their laptops while falling asleep, the more they missed going to the movies at the movies. Experiencing films in front of large audiences on giant screens is very different. Plus, a movie night usually includes dinner before and drinks after.
A few weeks ago, once they knew the Corona rules would be relaxed even further, the associations of film distributors and theater owners in Germany agreed on a mutual date for the theaters to reopen. That date is today. It wouldn’t have made too much sense to have different reopening days in the country’s sixteen federal states, also because movie premieres are supposed to be nationwide. From today Robert de Niro’s new film “The Comeback Trail”, a comedy that the Germans call “Kings of Hollywood”, will be screened nationwide.
Limited audience size
On June 4, 2021, cinemas in Berlin were granted permission to reopen. But hardly any of them did because their audience would have been limited to 100 people. The maximum has just been increased to 500, which is why most of Berlin’s 92 cinemas will indeed open today. In neighboring Brandenburg, 1,000 people can enter cinemas at the same time. But hardly any theater is this big.
Of course, strict Corona rules apply. People must be fully immunized when they enter. Or they must show negative Corona test results on the same day. If there are more than 250 people in the audience, they need reserved seats. They should also leave their contact details, just in case there is a Corona outbreak. Masks (FFP2 standard) are mandatory, but they can be removed at headquarters. All of this is even better than watching movies on laptops in bed alone. Additionally, it will be some time before ‘Nomadland’ is on Netflix.
Incidence decreases further
Numerous reopening measures have been taken in Germany in recent weeks. In the meantime, the number of infections continues to decline. According to the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, the seven-day incidence in Germany now stands at 5.1.
All relevant Corona figures for Germany and daily Corona updates can be found in our Corona timeline.
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