While MCO might be ending next week, all cinema outlets in Malaysia will not be opened immediately – this includes Golden Screen Cinemas, TGV Cinemas, mmCineplexes, Lotus Five Star Cinemas and any other multiplexes companies.
According to The Star, the Malaysian Association of Film Exhibitors (MAFE) announced today that cinemas will remain closed until the end of April 2020.
In the press release, it stated: “The said closure of cinemas is also in cognisance with the efforts of other film exhibitors across the Asean region, which have and are also closing their cinemas to prevent gatherings in the interest of their citizens and customers safety… This includes exhibitors in countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar and Singapore.”
A film exhibitor spokesperson said, “The government is asking us to practise social distancing even after the movement control order is lifted. And cinema halls are one of the places where people come together. So, it only makes sense that we exercise caution. Everyone, companies and individuals, has to do their part if we want this crisis to be contained.”
Release dates for upcoming movies like Mulan, new Bond movie – No Time To Die, and many other films will be postponed to later part of the year. Even anticipated films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe is being rescheduled amid the health concerns.
The statement from MAFE added, “While we intend to reopen the cinemas as soon as circumstances allow, we believe it is important that we put the nation’s interest, as well as our customers’ and employees’ health and well-being first… Together, we will overcome these challenging times, so let’s stay safe and do our part for Malaysia.”
Well said MAFE!