Wednesday, October 20

Only four cinemas resist the coronavirus in Alicante, Elche, l’Alfàs and Cocentaina

The Kinépolis Alicante cinemas, in the Plaza Mar2 shopping center, have temporarily lowered the blind.

The Kinépolis Alicante cinemas, in the Plaza Mar2 shopping center, have temporarily lowered the blind.

Only the cines Aana, three small rooms in the heart of Alicante, keep their doors open in a city with more than 330,000 inhabitants. And in the province, of the 25 existing exhibition venues before the pandemic, only 4 are saved today, after the announced closure of the Aana in Sant Joan d’Alacant, the Kinépolis cinemas in Alicante and the El Sur de Mutxamel drive-in theater.

Los Aana Alicante, owned by the businessman Vicente Espadas and inaugurated in 1994, before the cinemas burst into large surfaces, they are the only ones that to date offer resistance from Pascual Pérez Street, despite the drop in viewers, the lack of premieres, the sanitary restrictions that limit the sessions by the curfew and the prohibition of consuming inside the rooms. However, the older brother, the Aana San Juan, in Sant Joan d’Alacant, with twice the number of rooms, suspended its programming until further notice, as did the Kinépolis, the largest in the province with 16 rooms in the shopping center Plaza Mar 2.

Both multiplexes have noticed this weekend the perimeter closure of the city of Alicante and have decided to join the temporary closure carried out before by the Yelmo Alicante and Yelmo Vinalopó, Odeón de San Vicente, Axion (Alcoy, Orihuela, Santa Pola, San Juan) , IMF (Orihuela, Ondara, Finestrat, Torrevieja), Colci (Benidorm, Rincón de Loix, La Vila), Jayán in Xàbia, in addition to the closure of the Panoramis since March and the non-opening since December of the Navas cinema -owned by Vicente Espadas and destined the last year to the previews of the INFORMATION Club, now canceled.

Neither autocinesDespite being in the open air, they have been saved from closures and El Sur de Mutxamel, only open on weekends, also announced its closure yesterday until circumstances improve due to the health situation.

The Drive In Dénia drive-in theater continues, the oldest in Spain, with regular programming except Monday and Tuesday, which closes; the ABC cinemas in Elche; the L’Altet Multicines in Cocentaina (not open on Tuesdays), the Roma cinema in L’Alfàs del Pi (closed on Tuesdays) and the La Esperanza cinema in San Vicente (only open on Saturdays and Sundays).

The Aana de Sant Joan cinemas, closed since yesterday. | MANUEL R. SALA

Classic and author cinema

As for the theaters more specialized in classic or auteur cinema, the Institut Valencià de Cultura Film Library is held on Thursdays at 7 p.m. at the Arniches Theater, while programming has been suspended at the Sant Joan Film Library, the Cinemateca del Mediterráneo in Alicante and the Cineclub Luis Buñuel in Elche (both from the Fundación Mediterráneo) and the Odeon in Elche, which are municipally owned.

The percentage of open cinemas in Spain has gone from 44.5% to 39% in a week, according to the consulting firm Comscore, which updates the data every Monday, after the closures of dozens of theaters announced last week by Yelmo and Ocine, at the which have now joined other major exhibition chains in Spain such as Cinesa, MK2 and Kinépolis.

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