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  • Exhibitors Most Hit Due To Corono Lockdown - Exclusive

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    With nationwide lockdown until April 14 to fight against the spread of Coronavirus, all film related activities across the country have come to a complete halt. While all sections of the industry is badly hit including the film workers, it is the exhibitors who are facing the maximum heat with huge losses incurred by them.

    According to the Karnataka Film Exhibitors Association president KV Chandrashekar there are nearly 600 single screen theatres in Karnataka in which around 13,000 employees work on daily basis in shifts with an monthly expenditure costing upto Rs. 15.50 crores per month.

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    Speaking to Chitraloka, Veeresh theatre owner Mr. K V Chandrashekar said, "For example, in our Veeresh theater, 20 people each work in two shifts which makes it to 40 in a day. In other theaters like Kapali, there were about 75 employees at one time. Altogether there are nearly 600 theaters in the State."

    He goes on to add that whether the theater is operational or not, one has to shell out Rs. 15.50 crores per month for the employees alone as salaries and to their other facilities. 

    "In single theaters, the minimum salary of an employee is Rs 10,000, which cannot be paid in cash and it also includes payment such as PF and ESI, all of which amounts to Rs. 12,000 to Rs. 13,000/- per month. By taking into account the above, the exhibitors in the State have to pay at least Rs. 15.50 crs per month," he adds.

    That's not all, exhibitors also have to pay for electricity, water, maintenance and other miscellaneous charges. "The minimum electricity bill would be Rs. 10,000, and water charges will also be Rs 10,000 per month if theatres are facilitated with sanitary connection." We have not taken the count of Parking, Canteen persons to the account.

    On an average, the overall expenditure for exhibitors in the State would come around Rs 27.50 crores per month. This figure excludes multiplexes. Anybody can imagine how much theater persons have to suffer in the country when there are 11,500 single screen theater in India. here are he signs off.

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  • Multiplex Association Pleads For Complete Waiver Of Rent And CAM Dues

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    Facing an unprecedented crisis due to nationwide lockdown following Coronavirus outbreak, the Multiplex Association of India (MCI), which operates nearly 90 percent of multiplex industry in India, has requested all landlords and multiplex developers, for complete waiver from payment of rent and common area maintenance (CAM) dues during the lockdown and recuperating period.

    The association says that the requisition is to help it tide over this unprecedented situation which is  completely beyond anyone's control. 

    Formed under the aegis of FICCI in 2000, the nation's only multiplex trade  body, the association represents more than 18 regional and national  multiplex chains with more than 600 multiplexes and 2900 screens across the country.

    Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequent shutdown of the entire cinema industry across  the country on account of  lockdown measures announced by the Government, our Industry is going through an  unprecedented crisis  that  threatens our very existence, it states.

    It adds that as compared to some other businesses, which have seen a revenue drop, multiplex revenues have overnight become zero.

    "The Multiplex Industry has been a very prominent  and  long-term  partner  to  all and has  played a critical  role  in  the  success  of  shopping  centers  and  malls  across  the  country.  Though  we  have  seen  many highs  and  lows  in  our  business,  over  the  past  20  years,  we  have  never  defaulted  on  our  commitments to  pay  rent  and  CAM  to  our  partners,  the  mall  owners.  However,  with ZERO  revenues, we  have  virtually  no  ability  to  pay  any  rent  or  CAM  dues  or  meet  our  other  fixed overheads," the association states.   

    Noting that they will be unable to survive as an industry through this period of lockdown and  recuperating, the association seeks the support of the landlords and multiplex developers in granting them complete  waiver  from  payment  of rent and CAM dues  during  the lockdown and recuperating period.


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