After 14 months of closure during the coronavirus pandemic, Israel's movie theaters are set to reopen on Thursday. The country's main cinema chains will be opening their doors to the broader public – including children – according to a plan soon to be announced by the Health Ministry.
Although some cinematheques have already reopened their doors, private movie theaters clarified that opening them in accordance with the Health Ministry's prior regulations – which demanded proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test – was not economically feasible. Children below the vaccination age make up a sizable portion of the movie-going public, and theaters preferred to remain closed rather than lose that audience.
Representatives of cinema chains and the Health Ministry held discussions in past weeks, in which they decided that the ministry would formulate a new plan that would allow children entry into movie theaters with occupancy limits.
The newly-reopened Cinema City, Yes Planet, Hot Cinema and Lev chains will be showing new movies alongside those that came out over streaming services and in international theaters in past months.