Hyderabad: The Telugu Producer Council, on 5 January, asked the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana governments to increase occupancy in movie theatres and multiplexes in the two states from 50 per cent to 100 per cent as done by the Tamil Nadu government.

The Tamilnadu government on January allowed a hundred per cent occupancy in theatres and multiplexes in the state.

The producer's council said that the theatres are unable to meet the expenditure incurred to maintain the theatres by following standard operating procedure (SOP) with only 50 per cent occupancy and are therefore incurring losses.

"The government of Tamil Nadu has increased the seating capacity in cinema theatres and multiplexes from 50 to 100 per cent duly following SOP, taking into account the decrease in COVID-19 cases day by day, and the problems faced by the theatres and multiplexes. We request both the Chief Ministers of AP and Telangana and other concerned ministers and departments to issue necessary orders to increase the occupancy in cinema theatres from 50 per cent to 100 per cent which will help the management of cinema theatres and multiplexes meet the necessary expenditure for maintenance of theatres and multiplexes in both the states," said T. Prasanna Kumar and Mohan Vadlapatla, the secretaries of the Telugu Film Producers Council.

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