Kerala theaters, which have been closed for months due to the lockdown caused by COVID-19, will reopen on January 13, officials at the Kerala Film Chamber of Commerce said Monday.
Tamil movie star Vijay-Star Master will be the first film to be released in Kerala theaters that day.
The decision to reopen the theaters was made at a meeting of officials from the Kerala Film Chamber of Commerce here after the state government decided to address the KFCC’s key requests and concerns.
Previously, the Kerala government announced that it would waive the entertainment tax for cinemas from January to March 2021 and cut fixed electricity bills by 50 percent during the lockdown period since last March to help the state’s film industry.
Officials from the Kerala Film Chamber said the government had addressed all of their concerns and they were grateful to Prime Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for the special interest he had in the matter. The government had given its approval for the reopening of the cinemas on January 1, stating that the theaters could reopen with a capacity of 50 percent and in compliance with strict COVID-19 guidelines.
Only 50 percent of the seats should be occupied or only half of the tickets sold, the government had said, adding that the Ministry of Health’s COVID protocol should be strictly followed.