GOA: In keeping with the provisions of Unlock 5.0, chief minister Pramod Sawant said that theatres in the state will be allowed to open from October 15. He also clarified that casinos will not open yet. As per the guidelines of Unlock 5.0, cinemas/theatres/ multiplexes will be permitted to open at 50% seating capacity for which the SOP will be issued by the Union ministry for information and broadcasting.
The All Goa Theatre Owners Association (AGTOA), however, has a new worry, that of there being no new films to screen. “Unless Maharashtra and Delhi are open, there is no way movies will be released,” AGTOA president and Mayem MLA Pravin Zantye said.
Stating that it is not just a matter of opening of theatres, but that of business being conducted, Zantye said, “If one sees the SOP, releasing of movies is not even affordable for distributors. And unless distributors release new movies, people will not come to theatres. Also, in the current situation, I don’t think anyone has the guts to go to theatres.”
The News24 Goa