Jamshedpur 2nd July 2021: Cinema halls in Jamshedpur and Ranchi are unlikely to reopen by the end of this month, even though the state government has allowed opening with 50% capacity after more than two months of lockdown because of the second wave of the pandemic.
“After discussions with most of the hall-owners, t has been decided that film screenings will resume from July 27,” said Anand Jalan, chairman of the film, art & culture sub-committee of Federation of Jharkhand Chamber of Commerce and Industries.
“No big film is likely to release immediately. Akshay Kumar-starrer Bell Bottom is the next big release on July 27. Opening the halls any earlier would mean unnecessary expenditure as no one is expecting immediate footfall,” he said.
Jalan said the cinema management would use this time to reorganize logistics and manpower.
There are a total of 80 movie halls in the state. “We are seeing similar reopening schedules in other cities in the state as well,” Jalan said, adding that the film screening business had suffered the most in last year due to the continuous lockdown.