The Philippines' "Wakanda" Is Ready to Reopen Their Cinemas

Iloilo City adds another "first" to their belt.

(SPOT.ph) Looks like Iloilo City has given more reason to be dubbed the "Wakanda of the Philippines." Festive Walk Mall in Mandurriao, Iloilo City, is set to reopen their cinemas on August 1—the first indoor cinema in the country to resume operations since the quarantine for the COVID-19 pandemic began. This comes after restrictions in the city dialed down to a modified general community quarantine on June 1

An employee disinfects one of the theaters at the Iloilo City mall.
PHOTO Courtesy of Megaworld Lifestyle Malls
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The cinema will implement several health protocols to ensure the safety of moviegoers. Going to the cinema doesn't exactly sound ideal at the moment, so the added restrictions are sure to help ease folks into the so-called "new normal." 

Aside from face masks, folks will also be asked to submit health declaration forms and practice footwear and hand sanitation. Contactless payments can be made through GCash, PayMaya, WeChat, and AlipayTheaters or online at www.blockbusterseats.com.

Moviegoers can pay for their tickets without cash.
PHOTO Courtesy of Megaworld Lifestyle Malls
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Theaters will be at just 50% capacity with moviegoers one seat apart. Deep cleaning and sanitation of seats and other common areas will be done before and after every screening.

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To mark the reopening, Festive Walk Cinemas will be screening Train to Busan 2: Peninsula, the sequel to the hit South Korean zombie film, on August 1 and 2 at 5 p.m. on both days. Regular screening begins on August 12.

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