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Theaters Ask For Support


With Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) Pandemic, Cinema Theaters have faded to black and movies vanished from the box office calendar.

COVID-19 has turned out to be a massive speed breaker for the burgeoning movie exhibition industry of nearly 150 Cinema Halls in the State.

Covid Pandemic has left a massive impact on the cinema exhibition industry, admits All Odisha Cinema Hall Owner’s Association.

 “Movie theatres were one of the first public spaces to shut with no visibility on when it might reopen. There are fixed costs and capital involved with no revenues,” pointed out BK Mohanty, President of Association.

In a Memorandum to the State Government, AOCHOA Chief has pointed out that the challenge is trickier for standalone Cinema Halls that have been battling depleting revenues for years.

Association Chief has said since lockdown policy implemented in the State, all the Cinema Halls in the State are closedown.

In order to contain spread of Covid-19, cinema hall owners closed down their theaters since 13 March, which have been helpful to save the lives of people, said President AOCHOA.

During the lockdown period, all Cinema halls of the state are closed and owners are going through very bad phase of period with ‘Zero Income’.

Memorandum have been presented to the State Government has pointed out that without any income, Cinema Hall owners are paying salary, wages to the staff, paying back the loan and interest, electricity bills as well as other dues of the State Government.

Under this backdrop, AOCHOA has urged the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Industries and MSME Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy and Secretary to Chief Minister VK Pandian to help them out of crisis due to Covid-19 Pandemic.  

In fact entire Movie Industry business in Odisha, which includes Film Production, Cinema Distribution, Cinema Halls and other allied sectors cracks under this pressure of uncertainty with revenues of at least Rs 100 crore plummeting to ‘Zero’.

So AOCHOA has appealed the State Government to take sympathetic steps towards Cinema Halls and authorities are requested not to disconnect power line and charge minimum charges till the situation turns favorable and Cinema Halls starts functioning normally.

As thousands of people are depending on this industry, so the State Government will have to take a humanitarian approach in this regard, said a Cinema Hall Proprietor

Earlier the Utkal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UCCI) is also taking up the issue with the State Government, said sources.

Principal Secretary Industries and MSME, Hemant Sharma is also briefed about the plight of the Cinema Hall Owners as these institutions are facing serious financial crisis.

They have pinned hope of the State Government and expecting a favorable decision, said an office bearer of AOCHOA. 


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