It’s show time at City Center cinema

July 12, 2012 - 11:02:22 pm

By Azmat Haroon

Doha: City Center Grand Cinema Palace opened yesterday after remaining closed for 27 days.  

A limited number of movies are shown in the cinema, which do not include any new releases.

Marc Webb-directed ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’, starring Andrew Garfield, will not be shown until next week.

The cinema is facing scheduling problems due to the four-week closure, a City Center cinema staff member told The Peninsula. New releases will be listed after one week.

“It will take a while before the movie schedules get back on track,” he said.

The Villaggio Cinema, one of the most popular places for movie-goers, was indefinitely closed after the May 28 fire tragedy in which 19 people perished.

Few weeks later, City Center was closed by the Civil Defence after the mall failed to meet safety requirements. The closures led many to complain about the lack of cinemas in the country as the cinemas at Landmark, The Mall, Royal Plaza and Doha Cinema all had less number of screens compared to City Center and Villaggio.

City Center was partially opened four days ago with 70 percent of its 317 outlets opening for most customers, with the exception of the cinema.

Nevertheless, Fun City, a play-area for children, still remains closed.

Although the City Center management initially put up a notice saying that the mall would remain closed only for 48 hours, it remained shuttered for 18 days.

According to initial statements by the City Center management, the mall was to install new fire safety equipment with a fairly audible alarm and lighting system that would help in speedy evacuation in the event of a fire. The Peninsula