Norwegian cinemas are hit hard by the Coronavirus crisis

Colosseum cinema in Oslo.Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix

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Norwegian cinemas are estimated to lose close to NOK 170 million in March and April as a result of the Coronavirus crisis. “Cinemas need to get back to work by August,” says an expert.

The industry organization Film og kino expects cinemas to lose NOK 166 million in the two months,” writes Aftenposten.

“Cinemas must get back to work in August. Otherwise, I fear that the consequences could be huge,” says film expert and producer Are Aaberge.

Earlier this week, Health Director Bjørn Guldvog said that assemblies between 30 and 100 people will in all likelihood be banned for the rest of the year.

“It will be a disaster for the cinemas and the rest of the industry. If we have to operate with such limited capacity throughout the autumn, major American titles and the biggest local titles will be moved out by 2020,” says Jannicke Haugen, Ceo of Nordisk Film Kino.

Norwegian cinemas are currently closed until 15th of June.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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