Hyderabad: In Andhra Pradesh, several cinemas were confiscated by authorities for violating laws and regulations during a state-wide search for cinemas today. A total of 12 theaters were confiscated in the Krishna district during search activities in Nuziveedu, Avangadda, and Gudivada.
Authorities examined online and offline ticket pricing, and stall snacks, and found that they were much higher than those set by the Andhra Pradesh state government.
According to Madavilatha, a co-collector in the Krishna district, theaters that did not renew their permits were confiscated. She said the tests are done on a regular basis and require prior permission to screen for charity shows.
Food safety and statutory weigh-in officials have also checked, she said, and will take action if ticket prices for movies starring major actors and high-budget movies are raised. “I’ve seen movie theater food kiosks and parking lots charge exorbitant fees,” she said.
It should be noted that the Andhra Pradesh High Court on December 14 suspended the state government’s order and reduced the price of movie tickets.
The court passed the order and reduced the price based on a petition filed by the movie theater owners who challenged Government Order (GO) 35 issued in April this year.
This allowed the petitioner to sell the ticket at the old rate. The petitioner alleged that the GO was issued in violation of a previous order by the court.
They argued that government intervention in determining cinema ticket prices was not appropriate and that they had all the right to determine ticket prices when a new movie was released.
Certain divisions of the Telugu film industry have expressed misery to GO and urged the government to withdraw it. However, the Yuvajana Sram (YSRCP) government has defended the move because movie theaters are appealing for exorbitant price hikes before big-budget movies and movies starring big-name actors are released. Was there.
Last month, the state legislature passed a bill on a state-controlled online movie ticketing system.
The government has passed the bill, despite reservations by some of the industry. Filming Minister Perni Venkataramaiah said AP Cinemas (Regulation) (Amendment) Bill 2021 will check for exploitation of film fans.
Megastar Chiranjeevi also urged Andhra Pradesh’s Prime Minister YS Jagan Mohan Lady to reconsider the government’s decision to put a low cap on movie ticket prices.
He said these discounted online ticket prices should have the same flexibility as flat GST prices for the theater’s survival and for many families who rely solely on movies for their survival. rice field.
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