By Emma Victoria
A CINEMA in Kota Samarahan only received four moviegoers as it reopens for its first screening today after being closed for more than three months due to Movement Control Order (MCO).
The mmCineplexes Summer Mall cinema manager Andria Jalin said the branch only had four customers for the 11.40am screening of ‘Ip Man 4: The Finale’.
Meanwhile, another branch at Riverside Shopping Mall had no customers at all for the 11.40am ‘Rasuk 2’ show.
“But, I believe there will be more people in the afternoon, as not many are aware that cinemas have reopened today,” she told Borneo Post.
The cinema is currently showing, ‘Ip Man 4: The Finale’, ‘Rasuk 2’ and ‘Pee Nak 2’ which are reruns, priced at RM5 per ticket.
Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas on Wednesday announced that cinemas in Sarawak can reopen with immediate effect, but they must adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOP) set by the state’s Local Government and Housing Ministry.
Apart from that, Andria said the cinema’s candy bar remained close and movie goers are seated at least one meter apart.
“This means that all seats sold are single seats and couple seats are also turned into single seats. Everyone must wear a face mask during the entire time while inside the movie hall,” she said.
Meanwhile, children aged below 12 and senior citizens above 61 years old are not allowed to enter.
Andria said that they have started preparations last month, by disinfecting the whole cinema and marking the seats and floors for social distancing.
Similarly, at its Riverside Shopping Centre branch, senior theater executive Madina Amalina said that only two movies are showing today, ‘Ip Man 4: The Finale’ and ‘Rasuk 2’.
“We have four halls, but we are only using two as we are only showing reruns at the moment.”
“It’s quite sad as we have yet to get any customers, maybe not many people know that we are open today, or that they’ve seen the movies we are offering.”