Coronavirus: Chinas cinemas start to reopen after shutdowns – BBC News

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Customers temperature levels will be taken, and masks will need to be worn at all times by both movie theater goers and staff.
Tickets should be purchased online and different groups of customers will have to sit at least a metre apart.
Under the constraints no food or beverages will be enabled to be served in cinemas. This will be a particularly major new blow as it has actually long been a significant part of the industrys profits.
China, which was the very first epicentre of the pandemic, is the worlds second largest market for films, with the nations box workplaces taking in $9.2 bn (₤ 7.4 bn) in 2019.
That figures is, unsurprisingly, expected to fall dramatically due to movie theater closures and domestic and Hollywood movie launches being cancelled or moved online.
Previously this month Chinas biggest cinema owner, Wanda Film, warned that it would swing to a loss for the first 6 months of the year.
The company, which has more than 600 movie theaters across the country, stated it expected a loss of up to 1.6 bn yuan (₤ 182m), compared to a 524m yuan revenue for the same time in 2015.

Chinas movie theaters are reopening after being closed for six months to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The China Film Administration said screens in “low-risk” locations might open their doors again from today.
As most of the nation is now classified as low danger it is expected to be essentially an across the country reopening.
Chinas movie theaters were hit hard by the shutdown that started in January, with lots of already forced out of service.
Movie theaters that reopen will be subject to a rigorous set of rules, consisting of screenings being restricted to 30% capacity and the number of motion pictures revealed at a venue topped at 50% of its previous volume.