DISTRIBUTION / OUTPUTS / EXHIBITORS France
through Fabien Lemercier
– June 22 is the date on which the many measures set out in the Health and Safety Guide must be implemented and the release times in theaters readjusted
As the Covid-19 epidemic continues to decline steadily in France and the mood begins to turn towards a much-needed return to business, cinemas across the country are reviewing the conditions required for their reopening, authorized to leave June 22. . Obviously, the stakes are high for the 2,054 establishments (including 232 multiplexes) housing 6,114 screens, totaling 213 million admissions in 2019 and flowing in large numbers to the support fund of the CNC (redistribution engine of French film production).
Closed since March 15, cinemas will finally raise the curtain in accordance with the recommendations of the Health and Safety Guide, which has been approved by the public authorities and which lists the actions (likely to be reviewed as the the sanitary situation) necessary for order for the cinemas to resume their activities. These are very detailed measures aimed at preserving the health of employees and spectators without dissuading cinema enthusiasts from returning to the familiar obscurity of movie theaters.
Above all, in this regard, wearing a mask will not be compulsory in cinemas but will simply be recommended in halls and common areas. In addition, the capacity of each room must be reduced by 50%, with a free seat on either side of each spectator. During this time, people who arrive together (couples, families …) can sit side by side, with a seat left free on either side of their mini-group. Among its many other recommendations (from regular disinfection of premises to ticket sales protocols and social distancing), the Guide also encourages the spreading of sitting times in neighboring venues in order to spread the flow of spectators over a period of time. as wide as possible, the spacing of successive sessions within each room to ensure free movement of the public and regular ventilation of the premises.
For their part, distributors are finally able to establish a firm exit schedule and determine their strategies for the second half of the year. Back on the big screen on June 22 are all the films that were showing in theaters when they close, while new releases are already scheduled for June 24 and July 1, 8 and 14. (the full list of titles can be found here).
(Translated from French)
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