Watching a movie at Guetta has been my weekly ritual since 1972 when I was a schoolboy. So, one can only imagine how difficult it was to shut down a theater on Cinephile like me. As the Bandra Theater opened its doors on Sunday, I went to catch the first day, the first day of Suraj Pay Mangal Bhari. Before the epidemic, if you head to the Getty on Sunday, you’ll have to watch the ‘Housefull’ signboard hang well before a show starts. Yet, today, the first show had about 25 to 30 people.
The first day in the theater sees low steps;
The implementation of safety standards started from the entrance of the theater – our temperature was checked before we were allowed inside. Elevators closed to avoid congestion; We took the stairs, maintaining a one-way distance. We had to use a hand sanitizer before setting foot inside The Detorium, where an alternate seat operated as per state government guidelines. One can feel the mood of one as the credits of the opening roll on the screen in the Detorium elevator; There were a few wanderings and applause. When we were forced to wear masks during the show, employees made rounds to check if the rules were being followed.
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Spots are marked near the refreshment counter to enable social distance
Any getty routine tells you how people come to the refreshment counter during the intervention that samosas have become as iconic as the theater. However, in the new general, we had to stand at designated places while the canteen staff gave us food wearing masks, facial shawls and gloves. Since the new rule prohibits listeners from taking their food inside, we had to leave our spot in the refreshing area and dine before moving back to the second part.
After the show was over, the staff started cleaning the ex detorium as we walked out of the area. It was surreal to see only a few people in the theater. Once Khan and Kumar come on screen again, I hope the audience will return to the cinemas with enthusiasm.
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