How Netflix, others’ operations affect our own – cinema operators – nairametrics
The Nigerian Film Exhibitors Association (CEAN) has expressed concern that some films are shown directly on movie streaming platforms, instead of theaters where the films could be watched by a wider audience.
This was revealed by CEAN President Patrick Lee in Lagos on Wednesday.
According to him, the cinema experience is different from watching a movie on his cell phone or computer, adding that the association was already in discussions with the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) and Netflix, a movie streaming platform, to come to some sort of agreement with such an investment.
“We are talking with the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) and Netflix to see that these films are allowed to have airtime in theaters.
“We welcome this type of investment because it will help the industry to develop”, he said to NAN.
He also assured moviegoers across the country of their safety against COVID-19 in all theaters.
Lee said that given the resurgence of the new variant of the pandemic, theaters across the federation were also on alert to ensure visitors strictly adhere to COVID-19 security protocols.
“We take the new variant of the COVID-19 pandemic seriously, we are aware of the upsurge and we remind our members daily of the need to adhere to safety protocols.
“We always adhere to safe hand washing, social distancing, hand sanitizing, temperature control and room capacity protocols agreed to for each state.
“For Lagos State, we have agreed to a 50% room capacity and we are respecting the rule. We are also sending reminders to the 54 theaters nationwide, which also send them to their staff to ensure compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols.
“We take this seriously and happy that no case of the COVID-19 pandemic has yet been linked to a movie theater and we pray and hope that this will continue.”