Romanian moviegoing has fallen on hard times

posted by danpetitpas on November 4, 2008 at 7:55 am

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA — Romanian movie theaters have fallen on hard times. In a country which use to have 300 cinemas, it now has just 70 mainly dilapidated theaters.

This comes at a time when Romanian filmmakers are winning awards at festivals around the world.

Many theaters are unheated, with poor sound systems installed in the 1960s, and uncomfortable seats. Romanians say going to the movies is not worth the trouble.

The sole exception is the city of Bucharest where there are 12 theaters and three multiplexes.

Movie theaters began closing after the fall of communism because they became too expensive to operate. New theaters are being built throughout Eastern Europe except in Romania. The fear is an entire generation may have fallen out of the moviegoing habit.

Read more at News 24.

Comments (2)

markp on November 4, 2008 at 8:45 am

Unheated, poor sound systems, uncomfortable seats. Sounds like some of the places my father worked at in the 60’s, and I worked at in the later 70’s.

MPol on November 4, 2008 at 9:33 pm

That’s unfortunate. Here’s hoping that they rectify this situation…sometime soon.

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