Theatre house owners need 50% bar on seating to be lifted

Vijayawada: A piece of Tollywood has appealed to the Centre to allow theatres run to capability whereas complying with normal working procedures (SOPs) towards Covid-19. Theatres can at the moment run at 50 per cent of the capability in Andhra Pradesh.

The massive turnout of viewers to look at ‘Solo Brathuke So Higher’ starring actor Sai Dharam Tej — the primary movie to be launched after the theatres reopened — on Friday left Tollywood jubilant that it may  revive the forgotten follow of going to the films with household and mates. Between 50 and 60 per cent of the 1,250 theatres within the state reached permitted capability.


Movie-makers and exhibitors need the identical follow to be continued to encourage extra folks to go to the theatres so that it’ll assist them overcome the lack of income throughout the 9 months of closure of theatres. They assured that they’d adjust to Covid-19 protocols and the SOPs drafted by the Centre and the AP authorities.

Their fundamental competition is that when plane and buses are permitted to hold passengers to capability, and permission is accorded to political events to organise public conferences and take out big rallies, movie theatres ought to be permitted to run to their full capability.


They’re additionally interesting to the AP authorities to concern the GO to waive energy payments of movie theatres for 3 months from April to June and allow deferred cost of energy payments for six months from July to December. The Cupboard has already taken the choice.

Okay.L. Damodar Prasad, film-maker and Telugu Movie Chamber secretary, mentioned, “As folks have began  visiting the theatres in massive numbers to look at movies, we attraction to the Centre to permit viewers to full capability in theatres to assist the trade to recuperate shortly from big monetary loss. We additionally attraction to the AP authorities to concern GO on waiver of energy payments and deferred cost to present us some aid.”


One other part of Tollywood is cautious, given the specter of a second wave of Covid-19 and the invention of a mutant pressure of the Coronavirus within the UK and elsewhere. They need to play protected with regard to permitting viewers into theatres. They keep that they’re count on a big turnout on the theatres as extra are scheduled for launch throughout the Sankranti pageant in January.

AP Movie Improvement Company (APFDC) former chairman Ambica Krishna mentioned, “Although permitting theatres to run to full capability helps fast revival of the trade, with taking pictures of movies and different associated actions gaining tempo, we ought to be extra cautious concerning the well being threat.”


In the meantime, APFDC authorities say that as the federal government has permitted free taking pictures of movies and allowed solely refundable funds by issuing GO MS No. 45 in Might, they’re hopeful of film-makers availing the power to boost movie manufacturing in AP.

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