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HYDERABAD: Movie theatres in Telangana will reopen from today after choosing to remain shut though the state government completely lifted lockdown from June 20. The decision was taken after a delegation of the Telangana Film Chamber of Commerce met cinematography minister T Srinivas Yadav on Saturday.
For the last one month, Tollywood chose to remain shut in a bid to bring pressure on the state government to issues GOs for the demands of the film industry which had already been accepted. With theatres not opening, chief secretary Somesh Kumar also called representatives of the film industry to know what their issues were. However, with Srinivas Yadav assuring once again to take the issues to the notice of the chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, exhibitors decided to reopen theatres.
“It is now up to individual exhibitors to screen any movie from Sunday itself. A new film is expected to be released on July 23 and that is when most theatres might open as they would have a new film to screen,” M Vijendar Reddy, exhibitor and secretary of the film chamber said.
Some of the demands that the exhibitors have taken to the notice of the government include no property tax should be collected for the last nearly one-and-a-half years as there have been hardly any screenings, power bills should be waived for the period and the government should issue GOs for the demands that had already been agreed upon. The film industry asked the government to allow it to charge parking fee, have flexible ticket pricing, permit more than four shows and waive state GST for theatres.


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