With restrictions across the city being gradually lifted, Dubai is set to reopen one of its most famed and favored charms, arthouse movie theater Cinema Akil. Opening after three months of closure, the theater will welcome back patrons on June 12, with a special screening of “The Trip to Greece,” a comedic drama by Michael Winterbottom’s starring actors Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan.
Taking to Instagram to announce their reopening, the theater also stated that their space has been reconfigured to offer a safe environment for moviegoers. In pursuit of a sterile and socially-distant venue, Cinema Akil will operate at 30 percent capacity, which translates into admission being capped at 35 people. “Seats have been arranged to adhere to social distancing measurements, masks are mandatory and increased sanitization,” Cinema Akil wrote on Instagram. Meanwhile, guests are required to get their temperatures checked before entering the venue.
In an effort to reduce the risk of contracting the infectious disease, the venue, which is located in Dubai’s Al-Serkal Avenue, will operate at 30 percent capacity allowing entry for only 35 people. “Seats have been arranged to adhere to social distancing measurements, masks are mandatory and increased sanitization,” the theater wrote on Instagram. In conjunction with the changes, guests will also be required to get their temperatures checked before entering the venue.
An independent cinema platform aiming to bridge the gap between quality films across the world and audiences in the UAE, Cinema Akil launched in 2014 as a nomadic cinema and has since held over 60 pop-up cinemas attracting over 35,000 attendees across Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Having opened its first permanent location in Al Quoz in 2018, it is now the GCC’s first arthouse cinema. In partnership with Alserkal Avenue, Cinema Akil is a member of the Network of Arab Alternative Screens (NAAS) and remains consistent in their pursuit of bringing world-class cinema to arthouse enthusiasts across the UAE.