Cinema Halls Begin to Reopen Partially in Guwahati
GUWAHATI: Cinema halls in Guwahati have begun reopening partially after months of closure following the COVID-19 lockdown.
Screen timings of movies such as Christopher Nolan's 'Tenet' have been displayed online, which will be pictured on 4th December in a few select cinemas.
However, the rest of the theatres are still closed owing to a lack of screening content.
The Assam Cinema Hall Owners' Asso
ciation (ACHOA) had decided not to open cinema halls till 13th November last. This came after the Assam government had issued guidelines to reopen cinema halls across Assam from October 15, after seven months of COVID-19 induced lockdown.
Following the 13th November, the closure continues as the electricity was disconnected in a few theatres owing to lack of payment.
G Plus spoke to Rajeev Bora, General Secretary of ACHOA who said, "Our lines have been cut since we were unable to pay the electricity bills". The owners have cited concerns of failed electricity dues as a reason for the decision to not reopen.
Another issue has been the fixed charge, which is the minimum charge that is to be paid for electricity. The operators have been levied an additional penalty for not using electricity in the lockdown.
"We are not asking anyone to continue the closure after November 13th. If anyone wants to open they can," Rajeev Bora told G Plus.
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