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Iranians go to cinema once every 5 years

TEHRAN, Dec. 23 (Mehr News Agency) -- Based on the statistics released last year, Iranians go to the cinema once every 5 years.

This means that members of Iran's screening guild council must take appropriate action and make better arrangements for screening movies in the remaining days of winter.

Iran's cinema needs audiences of over 2 million this winter to equal the record it set in the year 2006, Mehr News Agency reported.

The situation for screening this month (December 21-Janaury 20) is already set for on-screen movies.

Afterwards, the Fajr Film Festival arrives halting screening of good films for a while and consequently the number in audiences drops.

This leaves only the last month (February 19 to March 20) for officials in charge to improve attendance in the cinema.

Over the past years, the on-time and good screenings of "Fireworks Wednesday" (Asghar Farhadi) in the year 2005 right after the Fajr festival and "Boutique" (Hamid Nematollah) in the last month of winter in 2003 drew thousands of people into cinema halls, breaking box office records at that time.

Based on these experiences, the attendance figures for movie audiences as observed over the last few months of the can be improved by selection of appropriate films.

Of course, the list of movies in waiting is quite the opposite of the above. "The Night" by Rasul Sadr-Ameli, "A Night in Tehran" by Bahram Kazemi, "The Ivy" Ardeshir Shalileh are among the works ready to go on screen during the last remained days of the winter.

None of these works have the potential to reverse the declining number of the viewers, which shows the screening guild has to make better choices.

Over the past few weeks, some top cinema halls have been selling higher priced tickets during the weekends, but this is not a good way to draw in larger audiences.

On the whole, these are all temporary solutions and the best way to improve audience numbers is for the officials in charge to make plans for next year's screenings as soon as they can by law.

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