Maharashtra movie theaters set to operate at 50% capacity | Bombay News
Movie theaters and theaters were reopened in November last year after being closed since March 2020 and were closed again in April 2021 after the second wave hit the state. Theater owners, filmmakers and artists had asked the state to allow theaters and auditoriums to operate. However, the MVA government has said it is proceeding with caution due to fears of a third wave. Senior officials have said that while SOPs are still being developed, it is very likely that these places will be asked to operate at 50% capacity.
However, it is still not clear whether only fully vaccinated people will be allowed in, as most multiplexes are inside shopping malls and only fully vaccinated people are allowed inside shopping malls.
BN Tiwari, President of the Federation of Film Workers of West India, said, âViewers have missed the experience of watching movies on the big screen for months. I thank CM and urge movie theater owners and employees to observe all Covid precautions. ”
Actor-theater producer Makarand Deshpande, who attended the CM meeting on Saturday, was “incredibly happy”. He said, âTheaters are our temples. I’m especially happy because live performers and backstage performers, who were unemployed during lockdown, can now resume their livelihoods. Actors can find their way to OTT platforms. But what are the technicians and professionals doing? I want the public to arrive vaccinated because everyone, performers and the audience, should be in good health. ”
Another participant in the meeting was actor Aadesh Bandekar, who, as a member of Shiv Sena, had brought Marathi industry concerns to the CM. He said: âNow the theater authorities as well as the public should follow all SOPs 100% to ensure that we are not faced with another shutdown scenario. Unlike the cinema, the theater is a living spectacle. In addition, artists and technicians travel from one place to another, often on the same day, for shows. The risk of infection must be controlled.
Welcoming the state’s decision, Nitin Tej Ahuja, CEO of the Producers Guild of India, said: âProducers can now start planning the theatrical release of their films, many of which have been ready for some time now. . The prolonged shutdown in one of the most important territories for box office revenue was one of the main reasons holding back Hindi film releases. ”
But single-screen theaters aren’t expected to pick up anytime soon. Nitin Datar, President of the Indian Cinema Owners and Operators Association, said: âOur industry is under threat of closure. We have asked the government for concessions on property taxes and rebates on electricity bills, as other states have granted. Until that happens, we can’t afford to reopen. ”
AMC Suresh Kakani said restrictions could be eased further in Mumbai. âAlthough restrictions on train travel were lifted on August 15, we haven’t seen a mega increase in cases 40 days later,â he said.