Vijayawada: The committee headed by principal secretary, home, Kumar Vishwajeet that was recently constituted to fix the rates of admission into cinema theatres held its first meeting virtually with all the members and other stakeholders here on Friday.
The stakeholders expressed their concerns over how the fixation of low prices for film tickets, especially in the municipality, nagar and gram panchayat areas, had made the business unviable. They said that exhibitors were unable to meet the maintenance expenditure pertaining to wages to the staff, power bills and other taxes.
A majority of them are learnt to have asked the committee for upward revision of the film ticket prices.
The issue of closure of several film theatres by the authorities also came for discussion during the meeting. Members said some managements had only failed to fulfil the norms like renewal of licence, or obtaining a no-objection certificate from the fire department.
The committee held deliberations with the members and the stakeholders who in turn expressed their views and suggestions and after holding discussions, the committee has decided to meet on January 11....