October 15, 2020 3:04:55 pm
Cinema halls and multiplex screens remained shut in Andhra Pradesh although the Centre permitted them to reopen to half capability from Thursday underneath Unlock 5.0.
Movie exhibitors made it clear that they might not resume reveals given the varied constraints, primarily the steep upkeep prices.
Moreover the monetary burden, the opposite main subject that’s deterring exhibitors from resuming enterprise is the dearth of recent films for screening.
As movie shootings didn’t occur for greater than 5 months now as a result of coronavirus-induced lockdown, no main Telugu film is lined up for launch instantly.
“Shootings haven’t picked up but they usually might decide up velocity provided that the cinema halls reopen. However it is going to take a while for brand spanking new movies to launch,” famous producer-director Anil Sunkara advised PTI.
However, the exhibitors say they’ve an entire set of issues to re-open cinema halls.
“The state authorities ought to first waive the facility costs which can be due. Although the Chief Minister promised to waive the fees throughout a gathering with movie trade heads not too long ago, related orders weren’t issued to this point,” Andhra Movie Exhibitors Affiliation president Okay S Prasad stated.
He stated the exhibitors had been discussing the difficulty with Info and Public Relations Minister Perni Venkataramaiah. Greater than 500 cinema theatres within the state couldn’t pay the facility payments within the final six months as a result of coronavirus-induced lockdown, although the federal government levied solely minimal costs.
Every theatre needed to pay a minimal of Rs 4 lakh a month as energy costs.
“The overall dues quantity to about Rs 12 crore,” the Exhibitors Affiliation Secretary Gorantla Babu stated.
The Affiliation leaders stated there have been different points due to which cinema halls couldn’t be reopened.
“Every theatre has to spend at the least Rs 4 lakh for implementing Covid-19 guidelines. Coupled with different bills, we have to spend at the least Rs 10 lakh a month to re-open theatres,” they added.
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