Roshan Adiga, CEO of QFX Cinemas has been crunching the numbers to see if that is worthwhile. Through the Motion Pictures Association of Nepal, the company has submitted a proposal with protocols to the government for resumption of screenings.
The procedures would abide by WHO guidelines, with all seats, passages, refreshment area, foyer and toilets disinfected after every screening. Viewers would sit at least three seats apart, with entry and exits controlled so there is minimum intermingling.
Nakim himself is a movie buff, and admits that the cinematic experience will be different. However, he adds: “I am tired of binge-watching series and movies at home, nothing can beat the charm of a big silver screen in a theatre. It feels surreal thinking about it now.”
Despite everything, Nakim and Adiga are optimistic about the future despite the Covid-19 crisis, and the challenge from movie streaming services. Both cinema owners and their cinema goers are waiting for a happy ending.
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