Affected by the Covid lockdown, the proportion of Chinese cinemas in operation fell to a new low. Netease Entertainment, an online media covering entertainment news, reported that only 41.7 percent of China’s cinemas are in business compared to the ratio of 59.70 percent a month ago on October 25. The total number of operating cinemas is 5178, the lowest in the past six months.
Caixin.com reported that many theaters continued being inoperable due to the Covid lockdown and the national box office revenue for the week of Nov. 21-27 was RMB 112 million (NT$482 million), down 45.63 percent from the previous week.
Only 14 cinemas remain in operation in Beijing, which used to be a big box office contributor as China’s first-tier city. Now more than 90 percent of Beijing’s theaters are closed. Cinemas in Tibet, Xinjiang, Qinghai, Ningxia and Chongqing are completely shut down; Inner Mongolia, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Shanxi, Hebei and Henan all see less than 50 percent of their cinemas in operation.
Source: Central News Agency (Taiwan), November 28, 2022