The global film and entertainment industry has taken a massive hit after the Covid-19 virus outbreak halted operations, sending the likes of Regal Cinemas, Cineworld, and AMC Theaters into bankruptcy.
While movie theater operators in Indonesia have not faced such a dire fate, their recent reopening amid the ravaging virus outbreak gives it an opportunity, though challenging, to make up for the months-long closure.
Movie theater operating companies in Indonesia, CGV and Cinepolis, reported many excited moviegoers filling up studios.
Though both companies have not released the number of people who visited their cinemas since operations restarted, their representatives are thrilled about the initial response.
Cinepolis’ Brand Marketing and Partnership Manager Indriana Listia Rahmawati and rival CGV’s Public Relations Hariman Chalid confirmed the reports.
On the first day, Cinepolis movie theaters reopened in Plaza Semanggi, Pluit Village, Gajah Mada Plaza, Tamini Square, and Cibubur Junction.
From the five locations, not one stood out in terms of the number of crowds.
Cinepolis’ Indriana explained that each of its studios hosts the same number of moviegoers that has been capped at 25 percent of total capacity.
She added that Cinepolis implements stringent Covid-19 health protocols in all five movie theaters in Indonesia.
Movie theater companies in Indonesia check the body temperature of every individual, maintain a distance between seats, and require moviegoers and staff to wear a face mask.