Friday 4 December, 2020

Cinemas to remain closed for another two weeks

Photo: MovieTowne, Port-of-Spain.

Photo: MovieTowne, Port-of-Spain.

Movie theatre owners have taken a decision to remain closed for the next two weeks even as COVID-19 restrictions were eased to allow them to reopen.

At the last review of COVID-19 restrictions, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced that cinemas would be allowed to reopen but there would be no concession.

The decision by the cinema owners comes as they say restrictions on eating and drinking while watching a movie make it “financially impossible” to reopen cinemas as the sale of food and drinks are an essential element in making the operation of a movie theatre “economically viable”.

A statement from the Movie Theatre Exhibitors (Movie Towne Holdings Limited, Caribbean Cinemas Limited, CinemaONE Limited and Estate 101 Limited) indicated that they have agreed unanimously to remain closed for the next two weeks.

The exhibitors said they’ll remain closed until the restrictions on the sale of food and drinks to be consumed while watching a movie is lifted.

Cinemas are among the hardest hit by the pandemic with operations suspended worldwide.

Locally, movie theatres closed not long after confirmation of T&T’s first case in March. Since then, cinemas were given a brief reprieve in June but were again closed just three weeks later.

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