Lorrainne Oguttu, the Spokesperson Century Cinemax says they are hopeful that the number of movie goers will increase over the weekend and the next days to come.
Acacia cinema opens
Century Cinemax in Acacia Mall reopened its
doors to movie lovers on Friday with strong guidelines on hygiene and physical
distancing. Century Cinemax was among the first business close in
March because of the corona virus disease.
Despite running promotional adverts
for the whole of last week, only five people showed up on Friday when Century
Cinemax resumed operations. The management of the Cinema says that they are
using global cinema standards where families and couples will seat together an
adjacent seat empty for purposes of social distancing to avoid the spread of
The cinema will also admit only 390 people instead of 780 people
to observe social distancing guidelines. Lorrainne Oguttu, the Spokesperson Century
Cinemax says they are hopeful that the number of movie goers will
increase over the weekend and the next days to come.
"You know firstly,
people were or are not aware that the cinema has reopened. But we hope that as
time goes, they will get used to it and come watch the movies," she said. She says they decided to resume their operations
basing on the President’s directives on malls.
Oguttu explains that Knight Frank, which is the consultancy for Acacia Real
Estates, consulted government that gave them guidelines within which they can operate. A notice issued by Century
Cinemax indicates that they have
increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting all high traffic areas and
commonly touched places throughout the day.
“We have applied
ongoing protectant or germ shield to all our common touch surfaces”
the notice reads. Cinema-goers will also be required to stand within demarcated
areas as they wait to enter or while around the cinema.
The cinema is also
promoting the single use of 3D glasses. Although cash is still
being used, management says they encourage contact-less payment like mobile
money and use of Visa card. According to the new guidelines, no one will be
admitted into the cinema without a mask and also if they have fever.
says that although they will be operating at half their sitting capacity, the
prices of the movies will not change from the initial Shillings 12000 on
Mondays and Shillings 22,000 on weekends. Ham Cinema and Numax Cinema in Entebbe are yet to announce
their plans to resume operations.
Most Cinemas around the world were expected
to start opening in May.