Cinema theatres in India's Kerala state have been exempted from paying entertainment tax till March this year, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a tweet on Jan 11.
"Exempted cinema theaters from entertainment tax from Jan to Mar (2021). Fixed electricity charges reduced by 50% for the 10 months during when theatres were closed. Validity of various licenses extended. Our creative industries will play a crucial part in the recovery," he wrote on the microblogging site.
The announcement comes days after theatres in the state reopened on Jan 5 with strict Covid-19 restrictions in place.
However, according to media reports, all movie theatres are yet to reopen as they are waiting for the government's response on their demands to reduce the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on the tickets, and exemption from entertainment tax to allow recovery.
They had also sought a waiver on the monthly fixed electricity charge below ₹50,000 to make up for the losses they have incurred in the past nine months.