Distributors, producers and theatre owners at nearly 9,600 theatres across the country were left helpless with unavoidable monthly maintenance expenditures ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s called for a nationwide lockdown from March 24th.
A series of talks between the central government and theatre, multiplex owners unions ended up in no-deal while the latter even ran social media campaigns throughout September in protest against the denial of reopening permits to them. However, seems like the wait is soon to end as the government is contemplating to permit theatres to run shows.
In the line of new Unlock 5.0 guidelines, sources confirmed that the government is likely to give a nod for the theatre and multiplex owners from October 1st. However, the owners are subjected to adherence to physical distancing norms, wearing of masks & compliance to precautionary protocols.
It was also learnt that theatres will be permitted to screen only three shows a day instead of four and sanitise the seat after every show. According to the new guidelines set by theatre owners unions, shows would start with half occupancy maintaining seat distancing.
The trial run is expected to continue for a week and the numbers would be shared with the producers. This report would also be submitted to the government. If everything goes as per plan, the trails would start by starting of October. However, an official announcement is yet to be made.
It can be noted that Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government has already permitted the opening of cinema halls and open-air theatres from October 1. The government also gave permissions for musical, dance and magic shows with less than 50 participants.