Back into the dark: Dubai's arthouse cinema reopens to the public

Ahram Online , Wednesday 10 Jun 2020

Cinema Akil announced it will welcome back the audience at 30% capacity

Cinema Akil
Dubai art-house Cinema Akil (Photo: Cinema Akil)

Dubai's arthouse Cinema Akil announced on its social media platforms that it is returning to film screenings.

However, the reopening comes with several restrictions to protect the audience from the coronavirus infections.

The cinema management revealed that the hall will accept 30 percent of viewers in its hall, meaning 35 audience members.

"Seats have been arranged to adhere to social distancing measurements, masks are mandatory and increased sanitisation," the Cinema Akil added on the social media.

The cinema will be open between Tuesday and Saturday (Sunday and Monday closed). The programme released on the Cinema Akil's website indicates one screening per day (at 7pm) starting 12 June. The film offered by the cinema until the end of the month is a British comedy drama The Trip to Greece.

The tickets are purchased online only, between 6 and 9pm.

Cinema Akil closed its doors following the general shutdown of cultural venues across the UAE, implemented starting March. Since the closure, the cinema moved a lot of its activities online, holding regular CineTalks, which are online meetings with cinema figures and specialists discussing the field and the movies.

Launched in 2014 in Dubai, Cinema Akil Cinema Akil is "an independent cinema platform that brings quality films from across the world to the audiences in the UAE. Cinema Akil is a member of the Network of Arab Alternative Screens (NAAS) which includes members from the MENA region such as Metropolis in Beirut, Zawya in Cairo and Cinematheque du Tangier in Morocco," the cinema's website reads.

Cinema Akil is among the few cultural institutions slowly returning to activities in the UAE.

On 3 June the Jameel Arts Centre (JAC) in Dubai announced it reopened its doors to the public while remaining in line with new health and safety measures introduced by Dubai Culture museums and the UAE government.

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