NOS Cinemas, which leads the commercial exhibition market in Portugal, with 219 of the 537 movie theaters available, announced that it will reopen 209 theaters across the country on Thursday, July 2, as part of the decommissioning plan announced by the Government.
A thorough reorganization of all security processes and operational protocols was carried out, which included, monitoring the ventilation system of the rooms, mandatory use of a mask, and different circuits for the circulation of entrances and exits.
According to the Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual (ICA), both in terms of ticket revenue and audience, this exhibitor represents about 60% of the cinema exhibition market in Portugal.
On Thursday, July 2, the exhibitor NLC – Cinema City will also reopen most of the 46 cinemas it operates, although it did not specify how many.
Since March, the majority of workers at NLC – Cinema City have been in a lay-off regime, and are now resuming jobs, according to the needs of operating by cinema.
According to ICA, the exhibitor with the largest number of theaters is NOS Cinemas, with 219, followed by Cineplace, with 85 theaters, NLC – Cinema City with 46 theaters, UCI with 45 screens and Castello Lopes / Socorama with 31 rooms.
Because of the covid-19’s containment measures, cinemas in Portugal closed in March and could only reopen on June 1st, but only a few did, in the first days of the month, as were the cases of independent cinemas Ideal and Nimas, in Lisbon, or Trindade cinema, in Porto.