Covid-19 curfew threatens to bring down final curtain on French cinemas

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After being forced to close their establishments during the lockdown, theatre and cinema operators in the Île-de-France region and eight major cities now have to deal with the introduction on Saturday of a curfew from 9 pm, for at least four weeks.

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Despite an appeal from the movie industry to ease the curfew under certain specific conditions, cinemas in the Paris region and eight other cities must shut their doors at 9 pm nightly starting Saturday, along with theatres and restaurants. Industry officials warn that the new regulation threatens the survival of many of these businesses, reports FRANCE 24.