Hyderabad theatres prepare for trial screening
Several theatres in the city are considering ways to change their existing seating arrangements and set up disinfection tunnels to minimise the spread of the Covid-19
A group of theatre owners from Hyderabad are preparing to host trial screenings of films after the Covid-19 lockdown is lifted. With cinematography minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav hinting that film, television shootings and post-production works might resume in June, it appears theatre owners are preparing for resumption of services.
A source, on condition of anonymity, informed Cinema Express that they are working on a plan to decide how to reopen theatres safely. "To reduce/avoid physical contact, the management of several theatres in the city, including Sudarshan 35mm (RTC X Roads), are considering ways to change their existing seating arrangements to minimise the spread of the Covid-19. They are planning to set up disinfection tunnels, while also observing the physical distance protocols set by the government,” explains the source.
For the time being, theatre owners prefer re-releasing older films than opting for new releases. “We are considering the re-release of several blockbusters such as Syeraa Narasimha Reddy, Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo, and Bheeshma, among others, to analyse footfalls across a few cinema theatres. We will record the theatrical footfalls on a daily basis for a week and send it along with other details to the producers, who in turn will submit that report to the government for formulating new guidelines," the source adds.