Hi guys, unfortunately we won’t be able to watch movies at the Malaysian cinemas anytime soon. The Malaysian Association of Film Exhibitors (MAFE) has decided to progressively suspend all cinema operations starting November 2020 until further notice. The decision was made due to the ongoing CMCO and the lack of new movies being released.
Malaysian Cinemas Suffered 90% Drop In Admissions Compared To Last Year
Along with the drop in admissions, cinemas had to invest heavily on safety SOPs to ensure the safety of customers. On top of that, closing and reopening cinemas is costly and also disruptive for landlords and customers. In an effort to save the industry, cinemas in Malaysia have appealed for government assistance and rental support.
Coming Months Will Decide The Fate Of Malaysian Cinemas
Depending on the support of the government, landlords, film studios and cinema-going public, MAFE says the coming months is crucial to the continuance of the Malaysian cinema industry. However, they remain optimistic that cinema attendance will go back to normal post COVID-19.
“To all patrons of cinemas in Malaysia we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude for the unending support and solidarity thus far, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon, to once again share the magic of movies on the big screen” – Cheah Chun Wai, Vice President, MAFE
Source: Malaysian Association of Film Exhibitors (MAFE)
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