The Tamil Nadu government has said theatres can screen movies with full houses, up from the earlier 50% seating capacity, while following the SOP. Though the State government allowed cinema halls to reopen with 50% seating capacity in November last year, movie fans did not return to theatres in large numbers for several reasons. While the risk of contracting COVID-19 was one of the reasons, the theatres weren’t able to screen new releases as producers were reluctant to release their movies with just 50% capacity.
The announcement comes days after Vijay meeting Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami regarding his upcoming flick Master release in theaters. The decision is expected to open the flood gates in the industry as several big-budget movies including actor Vijay’s Master and actor Dhanush’s Jagame Thandhiram are gearing up for release.