G7 Multiplex’s Gaiety Cinema in Mumbai has been shut down temporarily since many film releases have been indefinitely postponed due to the surge in Omicron cases. Many other cinemas all across the country have followed suit with a few theatres in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh running with 50% capacity.

“For how long can we continue screening films that released three-four weeks back? Moreover, the turnout kept decreasing with each passing day. If new films don’t release, we’ll have to shut all other screens too,” says Manoj Desai, Executive Director of G7 Multiplex and Marathi Mandir Cinema, adding that there’s no contingency plan in hand.

BH Basha, an exhibitor based in Karnataka, believes closing down screens will not only affect the exhibition industry but the production and distribution sectors too. “Why would people continue…

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