Cinemas reopen in HCM City
Cinemas in HCM City reopen today with a schedule of Hollywood and Vietnamese films, six months after social distancing started in late April.
|A scene from 'Em và Trịnh' (You and Trịnh), a film about the life and love of late songwriter Trinh Cong Son - who is famous for his anti-war songs and is called the "Bob Dylan of Việt Nam” by his fans at home and abroad. It was postponed for release due to the COVID-19 outbreak. — Photo courtesy of the producer|
The city’s People’s Committee Chairman Phan Van Mai has signed a decision on "Safe adaptation, flexibility and effective control of the COVID-19 pandemic,” allowing cinemas to reopen in low-risk zones (green zone), medium risk (yellow zone) and high risk (orange zone) zones.
Cinemas in green zones can operate at full capacity, while cinemas in yellow and orange zones must limit their capacity to 50 per cent and 25 per cent, respectively.
Employees and customers need to be fully vaccinated and must comply with 5K COVID-safety requirements, and use QR codes and apps to make medical declarations.
Cinemas owned by Thien Ngan (Galaxy) Cinemas, CGV, Lotte and BHD will begin to offer tickets today.
A number of Hollywood films, including Venom 2, Eternals and Black Widow, are ready for screening.
Vietnamese films such as Gái Già Lắm Chiêu V – Những Cuộc Đời Vương Giả (The Tricky Ladies V: Luxurious Lives) and Em và Trịnh (You and Trịnh), are also scheduled.
These productions were postponed after cinemas in Hà Nội and HCM City, the two biggest markets in the country, closed in April.
“We spent several hundred million dong on marketing and advertising our production in local media. We hope our film will be shown soon in cinemas,” said Phan Gia Nhat Linh, director of Em và Trịnh.
Em và Trịnh features the life and love of late songwriter Trinh Cong Son. Son is famous for his anti-war songs and is called the "Bob Dylan of Vietnam” by his fans at home and abroad.
Its scheduled screening was cancelled two times.
Thien Ngan Cinema and its partners spent more than VND20 billion (US$860,000) on the production.
Source: Vietnam News
Cinemas located in the Covid-19 alert levels 1, 2, 3 in HCMC will be allowed to reopen to fully vaccinated individuals starting on November 19. Film distributors are planning a mass release of blockbuster movies.