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Andhra Pradesh cinema halls, multiplexes proceed to stay shut over steep upkeep prices, lack of latest releases – Entertainment News , Firstpost

Films of prime Telugu stars Mahesh Babu, Allu Arjun, and Prabhas are anticipated to hit the screens solely in January 2021, for Sankranti

Cinema halls and multiplex screens remained shut in Andhra Pradesh, although the Centre permitted them to reopen to half capability from 15 October beneath Unlock 5.0.

Film exhibitors made it clear that they might not resume reveals given the assorted constraints, primarily the steep upkeep prices.

Besides the monetary burden, the opposite main challenge that’s deterring exhibitors from resuming enterprise is the dearth of latest films for screening.

As movie shootings didn’t occur for greater than 5 months now as a result of coronavirus-induced lockdown, no main Telugu film is lined up for launch instantly.

Films of prime stars like Mahesh Babu, Allu Arjun, and Prabhas are anticipated to hit the screens solely in January subsequent yr for the Sankranti competition.

“Shootings haven’t picked up yet and they may pick up speed only if the cinema halls reopen. But it will take some time for new films to release,” famous producer-director Anil Sunkara instructed PTI.

But, the exhibitors say they’ve an entire set of issues to re-open cinema halls.

“The state government should first waive the power charges that are due. Though the Chief Minister promised to waive the charges during a meeting with film industry heads recently, relevant orders were not issued so far,” Andhra Film Exhibitors Association president KS Prasad stated.

He stated the exhibitors had been discussing the problem with Information and Public Relations Minister Perni Venkataramaiah.

More than 500 cinema theatres within the state couldn’t pay the facility payments within the final six months as a result of coronavirus-induced lockdown, although the federal government levied solely minimal prices.

Each theatre needed to pay a minimal of Rs four lakh a month as energy prices.

The complete dues quantity to about Rs 12 crore, the Exhibitors Association Secretary Gorantla Babu stated.

The Association leaders stated there have been different points due to which cinema halls couldn’t be reopened.

“Each theatre has to spend at least Rs 4 lakh for implementing Covid-19 rules. Coupled with other expenses, we need to spend at least Rs 10 lakh a month to re-open theatres,” they added.

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