Cinema Audience Numbers Rises To 1 Million In Post-Lockdown South Africa
South Africa’s most prominent movie exhibitor, Ster-Kinekor, has announced that since its reopening in August of 2020, after the lockdown rules and regulations were relaxed, the theatre chain has since received close to one million moviegoers.
Media reports have highlighted a press release sent out by the exhibitor. On the press release, the exhibitor emphasises that since the closure of cinemas worldwide, in line with the COVID19 lockdown regulations, Ster-Kinekor theatres had ushered out their last guests on 27th March 2020. This closure had continued until 28th March 2020, when the exhibitor opened its doors with Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’.
Ster-Kinekor and its main competitor Nu Metro both opened in August 2020 with Tenet as the headliner and live-action Mulan remake. Ster-Kinekor has since released several other headliners hoping for an increase in moviegoer numbers. For the remainder of 2021, the movie theatre is launching the following slates to increase cinema appetite. The preliminary list is made up of Fast & Furious 9, Mission Impossible 7, Top Gun: Maverick, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, No Time to Die, A Quiet Place 2, Cruella, Dune, Black Widow, Free Guy, Jungle Cruise, Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, Venom: Let There Be Carnage and Wrath of Man.
Although the said movies have release dates available, the nature of the ongoing pandemic in South Africa and Internationally means that the movie releases are subject to changes. Additionally, Ster-Kinekor is still in business rescue, which may still impact a variety of changes.