SA cinemas: Popcorn must be ordered online, and row-by-row exits planned

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The new Christopher Nolan film Tenet, starring John David Washington, will be released mid-August in South Africa.
  • Cinemas are now allowed to open, but they are still awaiting clarification on new regulations.  
  • Ster-Kinekor will require visitors to order snacks online.
  • After the film ends, they will be asked to exit the auditorium row-by-row 
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South African cinemas are still not open – despite being allowed to, under new Level 4 regulations.

They are still awaiting clarification on how many people may be allowed in at one time (50 per screening room, or 50 for the whole cinema), and must submit their reopening plans to the minister of sports, arts and culture for approval.

Ster-Kinekor this week gave some idea of its new arrangements, which will include:

  • You have to order snacks online. To limit contact, no transactions will take place in cinema and all movie tickets and snacks must be purchased through the Ster-Kinekor App or on its website.
  • After the film ends, visitors will be required to exit the auditorium row-by-row starting from the back of the cinema.
  • They are also requested to remove their empty popcorn and other containers to discard in the dustbins which will be placed in the cinema foyers.
  • Masks and temperature screening are compulsory when entering the cinema foyer (but you may “temporarily” removed masks while you watch the movie to eat and drink).
  • Foyer floors have been marked for social distancing.
  • Shows will be staggered to manage the number of people in the foyer.
  • A “misting device” will be used to clean cinemas, and cinemas will be cleaned before and after each show.

Movie line-up

While large studios have halted new releases during the pandemic – as cinemas remained closed in some countries, a Ster-Kinekor spokesperson says there is an “incredible” line-up of content from August this year.

According to its website, the American disaster film Greenland (starring Gerard Butler) is due for release on August 14th, and the thriller Tenet (directed by Christopher Nolan) will be screened from August 12th.

The release of the James Bond film “No Time To Die” has been pushed back to November (from April). Paramount has also delayed the worldwide release of "A Quiet Place Part II", and Disney postponed upcoming releases like "Mulan" and "Black Widow".

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