After more than a year of shutdown due to covid, which included all fields and institutions, which also included cinemas and theaters, Georgia recently reopened cinemas, and it became possible for film lovers to enjoy watching movies in the cinema, but according to precautionary measures approved by the government.
Despite the opening of the cinema, people's turnout remains very low, as the number of visitors per day in various cinemas in Tbilisi may not exceed 100 people or less, according to ticket sellers.
But there are times, especially the evening after 5 o'clock, there is no presence of movie lovers, especially young people, where a group of 5 to 10 people may book to attend a movie.With the commitment of visitors to wear the mask all the time, and spacing inside the halls.
We wandered around the Amirani Cinema, which is located in the Rustaveli area, and although our visit was after four o'clock in the afternoon, it was empty of visitors, only the employees or guards wandered around, it was no longer full as before, as the chairs are empty and the cafes inside are closed, and the walls adorned with movie posters Which passed to Amirani cinema before Covid, and which has become a witness to the remnants of the Corona that kept cinema lovers away.
According to an employee at Amirani Cinema, these days are among the worst days in international and Georgian cinemas, as the Corona has affected sales and cinema visitors, as you may find in a large hall only three people, and sometimes one person, and he enters late, as the film began A quarter of an hour ago.
sometimes a hall with 150 people, you might find only 10 people or less.
As for the most important films and shows that cinemas witness in Georgia through its various halls, they were distinguished by the sweep of animation films, such as the movie: Trolls World Tour, soul, tom & jerry...
With some Oscar-nominated films shown, such as Minari and Nomadland
But most of the time, a movie may start or end, and the cinema hall remains empty, as the beam of the projector illuminates the moments of the film, and the music or dialogue of the film permeates the walls of the dark hall with black or red chairs that testify to the harsh appearance left by Corona.