Despite government nod, theatres remain shut in Kerala

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The industry players wanted the government to address a host of demands ranging from waiving entertainment tax to forego fixed electricity charges slapped on theatres.

 

Despite the Kerala government's nod for cinemas to reopen on Tuesday, theatres remained closed as the film industry wanted the authorities to address its demands and concerns before resumption, news agency PTI reported.

An apex body of the associations of producers, distributors and exhibitors, said it would take a final decision on reopening of the cinemas after its emergency meeting scheduled to be held in Kochi on January 6.

The industry players wanted the government to address a host of demands ranging from waiving entertainment tax to forego fixed electricity charges slapped on theatres. 

There are over 1,200 screens in traditional theatres and multiplexes in the southern state, which exhibit movies.

Earlier, theatre owners had requested the government to forego fixed electricity charges, imposed on cinemas even though they remained shut for over 10 months.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had last week announced that theatres could reopen in the southern state from January 5 with 50 per cent occupancy and adhering to strict COVID- 19 guidelines.

 

With inputs from PTI

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