Kerala government gives nod to re-open cinema halls with 50% capacity

By: Entertainment Desk | Bengaluru |

January 1, 2021 7:32:44 pm

Cinema halls will open in Kerala from January 5. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd The Kerala distribution rights of Master have been bagged by actor Prithviraj and producer Listin Stephen. However, the theatres must follow COVID-19 protocols, including 50 per cent cap on the occupancy. According to reports, top executives of the Kerala film chambers have planned to meet Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday to seek the government’s support, including tax exemption and concession on the electricity bill. About 670 theatres in the state remained shut since last March. However, the Kerala government remained firm on its stance and did not allow the resumption of film exhibition. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. The delegation of theatre owners was not able to meet the government owing to code of conduct that was in place for the recently concluded panchayat polls.×1.png
Last October, theatres across the country were allowed to re-open with 50 per cent seating capacity and other safety protocols in place. And it is going to be a herculean task for theatre owners to prepare for the re-opening with COVID protocols in place within the next two weeks. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. The government’s decision comes at a crucial time given that Vijay’s much-anticipated film Master is set to release on January 13. Vijay enjoys a huge fan following in Kerala, and the stakeholders hope that it will bring back the cheers to the box office, which has been gathering dust for about 10 months now. The announcement comes as a big relief to the Malayalam film industry, which has suffered due to the disruption caused by the pandemic. (Express photo by Ashish Kale)
The Kerala government on Friday announced that it will allow the re-opening of theatres in the state from January 5 onwards.