After 16 months, single-screen cinema halls and multiplexes reopened in Madhya Pradesh
on Thursday with the screening of Akshay Kumar-starrer
‘. In state capital Bhopal, six single-screen theaters and five multiplexes reopened. The response of viewers on the first day was tepid given that the coronavirus pandemic has not abated fully yet, said one cinema hall owner. The state government had last month allowed cinema halls to reopen with 50 per cent capacity. Central Circuit Cine Association
president J P Chowksey
said the response to ‘Bell Bottom’ was around 30 per cent in Indore. According to him, there are about 300 single-screen theatres in the state. Closure due to the pandemic inflicted huge losses on cinema hall owners, he added.