Spain's cinemas shut in protest at new film law

18th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

18 June 2007, MADRID - Most of the cinemas in Spain - around 4,000 - were expected to close Monday in protest at a proposed law requiring exhibitors to offer at least one Spanish or European film for every four shown.

18 June 2007

MADRID -  Most of the cinemas in Spain - around 4,000 - were expected to close Monday in protest at a proposed law requiring exhibitors to offer at least one Spanish or European film for every four shown.

The strike, being staged by the Federation of Spanish Cinemas, was expected to close ninety per cent of theaters resulting in the loss of millions of euros.

Rafael Alvero, head of the federation, told the national daily El Pais that the proposed law would force theaters to run films that are "of very little interest to the public." The Culture Ministry said the law is necessary to protect the Spanish film industry.

The Cinema Law, now going through Parliament, unfairly penalizes cinemas for a waning interest in Spanish cinema and would cause theatres to lose millions of euros annually, Alvero said.

Cinema owners have petitioned the Culture Ministry against the passage of the law, requesting financial compensation for featuring movies that earn far less than high-grossing Hollywood blockbusters.

[Copyright AP with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

0 Comments To This Article