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Bollywood Gupshup: India to reopen cinema halls from October 15 with 50% occupancy

India to reopen cinema halls under strict COVID-19 guidelines. Source: Unsplash

In good news for movie buffs, the Indian Government has announced its decision to reopen theatres and movies halls on October 15, nearly seven months after the COVID-19 induced lockdown.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has announced that cinema halls in India can resume operations later this month under strict guidelines which will include 50% seating capacity, staggered show timings and social distancing among other rules.


  • India to reopen cinema halls on October 15
  • Indian Government issues strict COVID-19 guidelines for reopening multiplexes and theatres
  • Cinemas will operate under 50% occupancy rule

Revealing the complete set of guidelines on Twitter, the Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said attendees and management at cinema halls will have to follow strict rules to be able to continue operations in the wake of the pandemic. 

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