Film theaters remain closed for 100 days in state
Kozhikode: The film theatres which was closed due to the restrictions over coronavirus outbreak remains to be closed for the last 100 days. The government ordered to close down the theatres to implement social distancing before the lockdown.
The theatres were opened for the last time on March 10. In Kerala, 600 theatres were screening movies.
Though the theatres remain closed for public, the theatre owners have to maintain the equipment well. Hence, movies are screened in empty screening halls for one hour three days a week. So, the theatre owners have to spent money to maintain the equipment without damage.
AC and generator should be operated in three days of a week. The seats should be cleaned to avoid exposure to moisture and fungus.
“Over Rs 30,000 is spent on electricity. An additional fixed charge of Rs 60,000 is also paid to KSEB. This amount is fixed after KSEB has given 25 percent relaxation in fixed charges due to crisis over COVID-19 outbreak. Over Rs 2.5 lakh is also needed to give salary to the staff,” said theatre owners.
Over 12,000 employees are working in theatres. Apart from them, more than 10,000 people are depending on the sector by running canteens and pasting posters.
The theatres were closed when big-budget movies were awaiting Vishu-Easter release.
Theatre owners have made an advance payment of nearly Rs 20 crore to distributors and film producers ahead of the releases. This fund also turned an additional expenditure as no movies are released from March 10 due to coronavirus outbreak.