Cinema halls and multiplex screens remained shut in Andhra Pradesh by the Centre permitted them to reopen to half capability from Thursday beneath Unlock 5.zero. Movie exhibitors made it clear that they may not resume exhibits 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 shortage of latest motion pictures 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.
Movies of prime stars like Mahesh Babu, Allu Arjun and Prabhas are anticipated to hit the screens solely in January subsequent 12 months for Sankranti competition.
‘Shootings have not picked up but they usually could choose up velocity provided that the cinema halls reopen. However it’s going to take a while for brand new movies to launch,’ famous producer-director Anil Sunkara informed P T I.
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 prices which might be due. Although the Chief Minister promised to waive the costs throughout a gathering with movie business heads lately, related orders weren’t issued to this point,’ Andhra Movie Exhibitors Affiliation president Okay S Prasad mentioned.
He mentioned the exhibitors had been discussing the problem with Data 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 because of the coronavirus-induced lockdown, although the federal government levied solely minimal prices.
Every theatre needed to pay a minimal of Rs four lakh a month as energy prices. The overall 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 a minimum of Rs four lakh for implementing Covid-19 guidelines. Coupled with different bills, we have to spend a minimum of Rs 10 lakh a month to re-open theatres,’ they added.