Reopening of cinemas in Malaysia to be slightly delayed, say cinema operators


A GSC staff member sanitising the movie theatre. Photo: The Star

Although it was announced on Tuesday that cinemas in Malaysia can reopen in all states starting tomorrow (Sept 9) to those who are fully vaccinated, three of the biggest cinema operators told StarLifestyle that there would be a slight delay.

This was confirmed when GSC Cinemas posted on its Instagram that it will not be opening its halls on Sept 9.

Sharmine Ishak, PR and branding manager of GSC, informed StarLifestyle: “We are currently waiting for the proper SOPs from the government.

“Additionally, a selection of films is also currently undergoing censorship review. As such, GSC will remain closed until further notice.”

Koh Mei Lee, chief executive officer of GSC further stated: “GSC is targeting to open sometime next week. Hopefully, on Sept 16.”

Currently, the cinema premises are being cleaned and sanitised. The staff is also putting safety measures in place such as temperature checks, social distancing markers and hand sanitisers.

Mohit Bhargava, TGV Cinemas’ GM of sales and marketing commented: “TGV moviegoers have eagerly awaited the reopening of our cinemas.

“We are looking forward to welcoming them back in a safe environment offering an affordable escape to Malaysians, who have spent over a year in lockdown.

“We see cinemas as an avenue to help reduce their stress and anxiety levels, something we can all use in these times.”

There are at least two big titles movie fans can look forward to watching in September – the 25th James Bond movie, No Time To Die, as well as DC Universe’s The Suicide Squad.

Both of which are tentatively set to open at cinemas in Malaysia on Sept 30.

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