At the end of June, the Cinamon Kosmos cinema in Tallinn was temporarily opened to visitors after closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, but since the beginning of July, the theater has closed its doors again. At present, cinema managers cannot predict exactly when it might reopen its doors, and are waiting on a recovery in the movie sector, likely to be from fall this year.
Tatjana Tolstaja, Chairman of the Management Board at Cinamon, told ERR they, unfortunately, had to postpone the opening of Kosmos at the moment. She added: "The main reason for closing the doors is the crisis in the international cinema market, which also affects Estonian film theaters." She also noted that since March, Hollywood movie studios have virtually suspended the distribution of films. Most premieres have been postponed to late summer/autumn at best, and many of them to 2021. Tallinn-filmed Christopher Nolan movie "Tenet" is one of these, and as things stand it is likely to get a movie release in Estonia in late August, having originally been slated for July.
Tolstaja confirmed: "Unfortunately, the recovery of the cinema market depends to a large extent on the development of the coronavirus pandemic in America. American and European cinema chains want to open their doors at the end of August and let's see how it goes."
Cinemas in Estonia were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and its ensuing governmental regulations. Cinamon Kosmos did use the time to update its facilities, however.
Tolstaja said: "The innovations are now complete and after the opening, we can offer the visitor even better sound and picture quality. I'd like to point out that the innovations of well-known opera houses such as La Scala and Wien Opera will also be on Cinamon screens in the coming months."
Editor: Katriin Eikin Seon