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 beneath Unlock 5.0.
Movie exhibitors made it clear that they may not resume reveals given the assorted constraints, primarily the steep upkeep prices.
Apart from the monetary burden, the opposite main challenge that’s deterring exhibitors from resuming enterprise is the dearth of recent motion pictures 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 and so they could choose up pace provided that the cinema halls reopen. However it should take a while for brand 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 ability costs which might be due. Although the Chief Minister promised to waive the costs throughout a gathering with movie trade heads lately, related orders weren’t issued thus far,” Andhra Movie Exhibitors Affiliation president Okay S Prasad mentioned.
He mentioned the exhibitors have been discussing the difficulty with Info and Public Relations Minister Perni Venkataramaiah. Greater than 500 cinema theatres within the state couldn’t pay the ability 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 four lakh a month as energy costs.
“The whole dues quantity to about Rs 12 crore,” the Exhibitors Affiliation Secretary Gorantla Babu mentioned.
The Affiliation leaders mentioned there have been different points due to which cinema halls couldn’t be reopened.
“Every theatre has to spend not less than Rs four lakh for implementing Covid-19 guidelines. Coupled with different bills, we have to spend not less than Rs 10 lakh a month to re-open theatres,” they added.
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