Kolkata. After the second wave of corona virus has stopped, the government is gradually allowing the opening of markets and other establishments. The owners of cinema halls in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, said that despite getting permission from the state government to operate with 50 percent capacity, they will open theaters to the audience only after the release of new films. However, single-screen cinemas in different parts of the state have started operating with old films. Theaters were closed since May 1 after several restrictions were imposed in the state to contain the spread of the Kovid-19 pandemic.
Naveen Chokhani, owner of Navina Cinema, told that the owners of cinema halls in the city are waiting for the release of new films. He said, ‘All arrangements are in place to follow the rules related to Kovid-19 in our cinemas. We are in touch with distributors and production companies and they will take a decision on the release of new films. Many films could not be released due to the second wave of the pandemic. We are hopeful that we will take a decision on this by next Wednesday.
At the same time, Satadeep Saha, co-owner of Ajanta Cinema and a local multiplex, said that many theaters are still not ready to open this week as its employees went home after the shutdown was announced in May. He told that there is no immediate release of big Bengali or Hindi films. Multiplex (multi-screen) or single-screen cinema halls are not open in the city.
Whereas Arijit Dutt, owner of Priya Cinemas said, ‘We will take a decision only after considering the current situation.’ A spokesperson of SVF Productions, a leading arm of Bengali filmmaker and Bollywood cinema distributors, said, “We are yet to decide on the release and we will take a decision by early next week.”
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