The National Association of Cinemas Peru (Anasaci) demanded that the Government authorize the operation of its industry, but not only the projection of films, but the sale of food and beverages.
“We don’t understand the difference between sharing a table in a restaurant, versus eating inside the cinema where everyone is even looking in the same direction with almost no interaction and in absolute silence”said the head of the union, Mónica Verdeguer.
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“The sale of food is essential to achieve a decent profitability, even more so if we take into account the high taxes that are assumed (more than 28%), which harm the entire chain of the film industry, including producers and filmmakers”observed, for his part, the general manager of Big Bang Films, Sandro Ventura.
Anasaci, which groups together the chains Cinestar, Movietime, Cinerama, Cinemark, Cineplanet, Cinépolis and UVK; He pointed out that the main impediment to reopening its doors are the constant changes in the work table of the Ministry of Health (Minsa).
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“In the last ten months of talks, the Ministry of Health has changed its technical team four times. Each change has meant starting from scratch again, since the details of the protocol have to be explained to each team again “, said the union in a statement.
He recalled that they already have the protocol approved by the Ministry of Production (Produce) and have the support of the Ministry of Culture (Mincul). The only thing missing is the approval of the Minsa.
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“We have been closed cinemas in our country for more than 15 months; while the rest of Latin America has opened cinemas since last year, when they had not yet started their vaccination process “Verdeguer pointed out.
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