Cinema theaters on strike
The A class theaters in the State working under the Film Exhibitor’s Federation have closed down their theaters today to give voice to certain needs they have raised. The two major reasons behind the shut down is to increase the service charge and to exempt the A class theaters from entertainment tax. 350 A class theaters have joined hands for the protest. Cine Exhibitor’s Federation have confirmed that B class theaters will not take part in the strike.
Theater owners have claimed for increase in the service charge by 5 rupees in the backdrop of the hike in the electricity tariff. Though the discussion with the Chief Minister ended on a positive note, Minister K B Ganesh Kumar’s stand on the issue is what lead to the strike. The Minister is of the opinion that the extra service charge levied should be added to the relief fund. The Federation will take more decisions about the strike after their general body meeting to be conducted on Monday.
The Film Exhibitor’s Federation President, Liberty Basheer, has said that K B Ganesh Kumar has shown strong exception to their demands while the Chief Minister has been most receptive to them.