Movie theatres opened their doors yesterday for the first time in months as the Government reopens parts of the economy as safe zones for vaccinated persons over the age of 12 years.
At MovieTowne, Port- of- Spain, the crowd trickled in with many moviegoers with vaccination cards in hand at the various sanitation and checkpoint stations.
Marketing manager Dionne Williams told Guardian Media that patrons were complying with the safe zone guidelines.
She said things have been going smoothly and it is refreshing to see the return of patrons through their doors.
At CinemaOne, One Woodbrook Place, patrons also trickled in this safe zone with vaccination cards.
Chief Executive Officer Ingrid Jahra told Guardian Media that, “I think the turnout has been quite healthy considering all the restrictions and we are looking forward to having a second showing in the evening because you know the movie business is in the evening, so the second show seems to be filling up nicely thus far.”
CinemaOne, which included the Imax theatre, GemStone cinemas and 4DX cinema, expects in the week there will be a 4 pm and 6.30 pm show and on the weekend an extra show will be added at 11 am.
She said, “So far, people have been understanding and they have been compliant and this is the first day and we will see how it goes along but my customers have been complying.”
Jahra said, “We hope it is not long-term, we hope as the numbers get better that we would be able to include our younger audience under 12 years old, we hope that the State of Emergency dies a natural death so that we can go back to having a 9.30 pm show or 10.00 pm, we are hoping as we get close to being a fully vaccinated nation we can go back to having more inclusive movie patrons coming through our doors.”