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Movie theater chains set to open on May 27

CM 21/05/2021

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The movie theater chains in Israel put on their last picture show over 14 months ago, but film buffs will be ecstatic to hear that after over a year of the pandemic and 11 days of rocket barrages from Gaza, theaters are opening their doors again on May 27. Representatives from the Cinema City chain said the theaters would open this coming Thursday and Yes Planet said it was 99% sure that this would be the case. Lev Cinemas, the arthouse chain, has been partially open in its Dizengoff Center location in Tel Aviv for over a month and was reportedly planning to follow suit. 

Ynet published a report that employees of the chains have been told to stand by for the reopening. The chains may need to hire additional employees because only about 40% of the furloughed employees currently plan on returning. 
The plan is to admit those who have been vaccinated and have a green passport and to limit entry by the unvaccinated to just 50 per auditorium. This is a thorny problem because it means limiting how many children can see the films and there are many children’s movies that have yet to be released, such as the Trolls sequel and Tom and Jerry, which are huge moneymakers during the summer and holidays seasons. A source said that the chains were hoping that the Health Ministry would change the ruling during the coming week to allow 50% of the auditoriums to be filled by the unvaccinated, rather than just 50 seats. In the large chains, many auditoriums have several hundred seats, and this change would go a long way to solving the problem. 
There are dozens of high-profile movies awaiting release, including Wonder Woman 1984, Tenet, Godzilla vs. Kong, Nobody, Unhinged, Honest Thief and The War with Grandpa. In terms of Israeli cinema, the much-awaited new movies include Eytan Fox’s Sublet, Talya Lavie’s Honeymood and Ruthy Pribar’s Asia, which stars Shira Haas. 
For updates, check the websites of the movie chains during the week. 

Source: Jerusalem Post

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