, Komal RJ Panchal
October 16, 2020 7:57:30 am
After remaining shut for almost seven months, cinema halls outdoors containment zones in a number of Indian states reopened on October 15. However issues aren’t going to be identical anymore. India, the place movies are a social occasion and a serious technique of leisure, now must get used to a brand new period of film watching.
Theatres are strictly abiding by the SOPs issued by the federal government to make sure the protection of its patrons. These embrace lesser reveals, 50 per cent occupancy, distanced seating, obligatory masks, contactless funds, single-use 3D glasses and others.
On Wednesday, PVR Cinemas carried out an indication of all of the precautions it has put in place. In keeping with Gagan Kapur, Regional Head, PVR Cinemas, Delhi, your complete ticketing course of has gone paperless with clients scanning their ticket codes. Even the meals menu is QR code-enabled and makes use of UV-sterilised packaging. “Each touchpoint, all of the door handles have an anti-microbial movie. The cinema halls have been sprayed with electrostatic weapons that are long-lasting for 30 days or so. The reveals are going to be deliberate in a way that no two intervals coincide, in order that no overcrowding occurs within the foyer and washrooms. All the theatre shall be disinfected between the reveals. Since that might enhance the ready interval, there’ll be slightly lesser reveals initially,” Kapur stated, including that social distancing is being practised contained in the theatre together with staggered exits, PPE kits on cost and placement of hand sanitisers in each nook.
So how lengthy did PVR Cinemas take to adapt to the brand new tips? Kapur shared that the multiplex chain was working method upfront to place many of the SOPs in place as quickly because the shutdown occurred. These included engaged on the brand new protocols, coaching of its employees, and analysis.
However a much bigger query arises is, whether or not or not patrons will really feel protected and assured to return to theatres. As an attraction, the cinema chain is about to give you many particular reveals together with reveals for well being employees and frontline warriors, together with an thrilling lineup of flicks.
At the same time as theatres reopened in lots of Indian states on October 15, there isn’t a readability on when cinema halls in Maharashtra will begin functioning as soon as once more.
Nevertheless, INOX Leisure Ltd, India’s second-largest multiplex operator, this week showcased how they’ve ready their chain of multiplexes in Mumbai for the reopening.
Everywhere in the nation, INOX multiplexes will strictly adhere to the SOPs laid down by the Data and Broadcasting Ministry of India, and can open their cinema halls with 50 per cent occupancy.
There shall be temperature checks carried out at entry factors, nobody with a excessive temperature or flu-like signs shall be allowed contained in the cinema premises. An INOX consultant will observe down contact particulars of every patron strolling into the cinema corridor. The most important change they’re aiming to make is to dispose of paper tickets altogether. Cine-goers should scan the QR code of their tickets after safety examine, comply with social distancing and excessive hygiene practices. There are sanitiser stands planted at each touchpoint, so the patrons can maintain sanitising their arms commonly. Protected distance stickers are marked on the ground to ensure patrons can comply with social distancing. INOX has additionally launched an e-menu, patrons can scan the QR code that’s pasted on each digital poster and partitions, and make their meals orders. After ordering their meals, the meals shall be saved prepared, and patrons can accumulate it on the meals counter.
Rajeev Patni, COO of INOX Leisure Ltd, informed indianexpress.com that he welcomes the transfer to re-open cinema halls in India. He talked about that INOX can be working reveals for 9 hours in a day for a few weeks earlier than they begin showcasing movies full-fledged.
Patni additionally knowledgeable that 50 per cent occupancy wouldn’t have an effect on ticket pricing. He stated, “There’s going to be no enhance within the ticket worth. Our components is all the time going to be the identical as pre-Covid days. It would rely upon the paying propensity, the price issue concerned, the season and the time of the day.”
Rajeev Patni then emphasised how INOX will initially operate on library content material after which begin exhibiting new movies as new content material begins flowing in.
He stated, “Initially, we are going to start with the library content material, and we shall be working in all probability for 9 hours. To schedule timings of the present, we are going to bear in mind how the state of affairs is within the space and what the purchasers need. As soon as individuals get the boldness they usually begin coming in, and as soon as we now have content material flowing in, we could have all of the reveals from morning to nighttime.”
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“Now we have a lot content material, particularly Bollywood, which is prepared. Let me provide you with an instance of Sooryavanshi, which is the most important movie of the 12 months. There are different movies that are 80-90% prepared, so there’s plenty of content material prepared for launch in theatres. In West Bengal, we’re going to have 5 huge releases this month on account of Durga Puja. So, I don’t assume there’s any dearth of content material. In addition to Bengali content material, we even have Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Punjabi content material flowing in. Content material half shouldn’t be a problem. The primary two-three weeks we shall be testing, and shortly we are going to begin correct functioning,” Patni concluded.
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