Cinemas, theatres and food courts reopen after several months of downtime

Cinemas, theatres and food courts reopen after several months of downtime

Some art objects were officially allowed to work in Kazakhstan, stated the new regulation of Kazakh Chief Sanitary Doctor.

“Open-air cinemas are allowed to work in observance with the mask regime and social distance. The activity of theaters is allowed with occupancy of not more than 50 percent, but not more than 50 people, with registration on website, in compliance with the mask regime, social distance and in observance with the requirements of the regulation of the Kazakh State Chief Sanitary Doctor,” the document stated.

Meanwhile, one of the country's first open-air drive-in cinemas is already operating in Almaty. Film fans can visit it both in the evening and at night in their cars. The parking area can accommodate up to 90 cars. Here you can watch old films and modern comedies, melodramas and dramas.

“I think that the opening of open-air cinemas is relevant, especially now, during the period of quarantine restrictions. At the moment, all cinemas are closed, and people want to watch films, somehow have fun, so we generate their interest,” said Daniyar Shamukhazhy, managing director of the drive-in cinema.

The drive-in cinema plans to operate until late autumn. It is also likely that a festive screening of New Year's films will be organized here in December.

“Once a week, our followers choose the film and we then put it on for them. They come early, since we do not allow reserving parking spaces, we accommodate them on first come, first served basis - those who arrived earlier get central parking spaces,” commented Daniyar Shamukhazhy.

The country’s main theatre Astana Opera for the first time in a while opens with a large Gala Opera, which will be presented to the audience on September 18 and 19. The best examples of the national and world heritage of opera will be presented on the stage, including scenes from operas – Akhmet Zhubanov and Latyf Khamidi’s “Abai”, Gioachino Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” and much more.

“Yesterday evening we received permission that all theaters resume their activities and invite 50 people to the hall in observance with all sanitary and hygienic rules and social distance. The seating in the hall will be staggered –two seats between each person. This will not affect ticket prices; we keep the price policy same as before the quarantine. Tickets can be bought online and at the theater box office. We will try to sell all tickets in advance and, of course, we do not stop our online performances,” said Aizhan Kurmangaliyeva, Deputy Director of Astana Opera.

Food courts in shopping and entertainment malls were also allowed to open in the country with the same formation of placement. Such entertainment establishments as karaoke, computer and nightclubs and bowling centers are still prohibited to operate. As before, shopping and entertainment malls as well as indoor markets will not work on weekends and holidays.