If you guys have been looking forward to watching the latest blockbusters at the nearest cinema near you, we’re afraid you would have to put your plans on hold.
That is because all cinemas in Malaysia will be temporarily closed beginning next month until further notice.
Sad news for cinema operators
According to a report by News Straits Times
, the temporary suspension was announced by the Malaysian Association of Film Exhibitors (MAFE).
As you might have guessed, the closure was due to the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) implemented in several states.
MAFE vice-president Cheah Chun Wai told the daily that the decision to suspend cinema operations did not come easy.
"While this decision was not easy, it is in response to an increasingly challenging landscape for cinemas and as an industry we believe it to be a necessary step for the long term preservation of Malaysian cinemas, so we can continue our role of contributing to the social, economic and cultural fabric of our nation in the long run."
"Closing and reopening cinemas is extremely cumbersome, costly, and disruptive not only for cinemas but also for our landlords and customers.
Cheah did not mention when cinemas will be allowed to reopen.
"To all patrons of cinemas in Malaysia we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude for the unending support and solidarity thus far, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon, to once again share the magic of movies on the big screen," he was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, a statement from MAFE said that affected cinemas have appealed to the government for assistance and rental support during this difficult time.
We hope things will be better soon!