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 below Unlock 5.0.
Movie exhibitors made it clear that they might not resume exhibits given the varied constraints, primarily the steep upkeep prices.
Apart from the monetary burden, the opposite main subject that’s deterring exhibitors from resuming enterprise is the dearth of latest films for screening.
As movie shootings didn’t occur for greater than 5 months now because of the 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 can take a while for brand spanking new movies to launch,” famous producer-director Anil Sunkara informed PTI.
However, the exhibitors say they’ve a complete set of issues to re-open cinema halls.
“The state authorities ought to first waive the ability expenses which can be due. Although the Chief Minister promised to waive the costs throughout a gathering with movie trade heads just lately, related orders weren’t issued to this point,” Andhra Movie Exhibitors Affiliation president Okay S Prasad stated.
He stated the exhibitors have been discussing the problem 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 because of the coronavirus-induced lockdown, although the federal government levied solely minimal expenses.
Every theatre needed to pay a minimal of Rs 4 lakh a month as energy expenses.
“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 not less than Rs 4 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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