Theatres can, however, run only three shows as the government has not given permission for night shows.
Theatres are among the last businesses that have been allowed to reopen after the government started relaxing the lockdown rules that it had put up following the onset of the second wave, in late April 2021. Exhibitors have been requesting the government to let them function ever since July when the state began to allow commercial establishments to reopen as part. But fears over a third wave of COVID-19 cases had kept the government waiting longer to give permission to reopen movie theatres.
Last week, members of the Tamil Nadu Theatre Owners Association had gone and met the Minister For Information And Publicity, MP Saminathan, and gave him a request seeking permission to reopen screens. Following a meeting chaired by the Chief Minister MK Stalin on COVID containment measures, the government has now decided to allow movie halls to function from Monday.