PVR starts operations in 487 out of 845 screens
Cinemas in several parts of the country opened after seven months on 15 October with a few film enthusiasts venturing warily into movie watching in a COVID-19 ‘contactless’ era of alternate seating, 50 percent capacity, and packaged snacks. While theatres and multiplexes remain closed in states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Chhattisgarh, they opened in several places, including Delhi and parts of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, with stringent dos and dont's in keeping with the new normal. Pointing out that they were the first to close and among the last sectors to open as India "unlocks", theatre establishments were optimistic about the first step towards normalcy. But it was a quiet reopening with just a scattered few overcoming their COVID fears to trickle in to watch a mix of regional and Hindi reruns such as Chhichhore, Thappad and Tanhaji besides the new English release The Spy.