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Tehran's cinemas closed due to gas cuts

TEHRAN, Jan. 11 (Mehr News Agency) -- Tehran's cinemas have been hit by cuts in gas supplies in the past few days as the result of the current cold weather conditions and sub-zero temperatures.

Some of the main cinemas including the Qods, Esteqlal, Iran, Asr-e Jadid, Sahra and Sorush suffered from cuts in gas supplies on Thursday.

Schoolgirl throwing snowballs in front of the closed doors of
Tehran City Theater Complex

Head of the High Council for the production and distribution of films, Gholamreza Musavi believes that comparatively little gas is saved by cutting supplies to cinemas.

"We still don't know why this decision was made. Cinemas are some of the few locations where families can spend their free time in such cold weather, and officials must reconsider the case," Musavi said.

He went on to say that cultural centers should be accessible during holidays, and cinemas are, after all, public facilities and not for individual use.

The recent snowfalls, which are said to be the worst in the last 40 years, have led to the closure of all schools and government offices in Tehran and regions of northern Iran.

Musavi went on to say that if gas cuts continue the cinema owners will be obliged to close the venues or purchase electric heaters which would in turn have a negative impact on gas consumption.

Musavi, as a representative of the cinema industry, requested that officials look into the situation and try to solve the problem.

Manager of the Qods cinema expressed his objection to the gas cuts, while head of the Asr-e Jadid cinema said that they are currently using gasoline to heat the venue.

Cinema managers are worried that if the bad weather continues most of their venues will have to temporarily close, and this would be at a time when on screen movies are making good ticket sales.

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