Single-screen theatre owners urge Bengal government to allow 100 per cent occupancy

“There has been a drop in active COVID-19 cases; almost everything has opened up with precautions. Then why do
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Striking a different note, however, Navin Chokhani, the owner of Navina cinema, said, “I will be okay with increasing theatre occupancy to 100 per cent only when I am sure that it wouldn’t jeopardise the safety of our audience and employees.”
If that isn’t possible at this point in time, it’s best to probably wait for a few more months, Chokhani added. We are implementing all safety guidelines,” he said. “We haven’t registered more than 5 per cent occupancy even during Christmas-New Year. This has made the producers and distributors jittery,” Saha told PTI.×1.png
“We think removing the 50 per cent-occupancy cap will certainly help us recover the cost of running theatres to an extent. An EIMPA official said around 120 of the 250 single screen theatres are currently operational, the rest have closed shop, and some are permanently shut. If the entertainmentย  industry has to sustain, this cannot continue.” Dutta said 100 per cent occupancy should be allowed in cinema halls to help them stay afloat. It will further boost the confidence of the producers,” Saha, also the director of a local multiplex chain, stated. “Many hall owners are now regretting their decision to open theatres in October. Even Christmas and New Year failed to draw audiences. Also read |Tamil Nadu government removes 50 per cent cap on theatre occupancy
He said that a formal request to sanction full occupancy in theatres has been made to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and cinema hall owners have agreed to abide by all COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safety of people. (Express Photo)
Single-screen owners in West Bengal on Tuesday urged the state government to allow 100 per cent occupancy in theatres, up from the current 50 per cent, citing poor box office returns as the reason. There had been several releases since Durga puja, but nothing changed the scenario. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. Arijit Dutta, the owner of Priya Cinema, one of the iconic movie theatres in the city, said the entertainment industry is bleeding. ๐Ÿ“ฃ The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Owner of a prominent single-screen theatre and a senior member of Eastern India Motion Pictures Association (EIMPA), Ratan Saha, said producers in Bollywood are hesitant to release big-banner films in Bengal, given the low turnout of the audience at the cinema halls. By: PTI | Kolkata |

January 6, 2021 12:36:03 pm

Theatres owners urge the West Bengal government to allow 100 per cent occupancy.