COIMBATORE: Cinema halls in the city are witnessing 100% occupancy after a gap of seven months as movie buffs flock to watch Diwali releases.
While the state government permitted full seat occupancy from November 1, cinemas had failed to draw crowds due to the absence of new releases.
With the Rajinikanth starrer ‘Annaatthe’ and Arya and Vishal starrer ‘Enemy’ hitting the screens, the halls are packed again, much to the joy of theatre owners, who say that people are confident of the safety protocols in theatres.
“Tickets for movies such as ‘Annaatthe’ and ‘Enemy’ are sold like hot cakes. There is brisk booking for up to Sunday. With the festival holiday ending on Sunday, there will be less crowd from Monday. We are happy to run the show with 100 % seating after a long time,” manager of a prominent theatre told TOI.
Movie buffs were overjoyed to experience the packed houses. “Watching thalaivar’s movie along with other fans in a packed hall was an unforgettable experience. We were elated. More than watching the movie, I enjoyed the celebratory mood,” said V Selvaraj, a Rajinikanth fan.
Selvapuram resident A Arockianathan went to watch Diwali releases with his family. “Most of the people have developed antibodies against coronavirus and there is nothing to be afraid of. However, it is important to wear masks,” he said.

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