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The Minister of Culture, Ernest Urtasun, at the press conference after the Council of Ministers.
The Minister of Culture, Ernest Urtasun, on the press convention after the Council of Ministers.chema Spirit (EFE)

This Tuesday, the Council of Ministers accredited the royal decree that may regulate the second version of the Senior Cinema program, which can supply the 9.5 million residents over 65 years of age the opportunity of attending the cinema on Tuesdays at a decreased worth of two euros. . To this finish, 12 million euros will likely be allotted in direct subsidies to theaters, two million greater than final yr, when it was in drive between July and December.

At a press convention after the assembly of the Council of Ministers, the top of Culture, Ernest Urtasun, described this primary version as “a real success” by reaching a rise in cinema attendance on Tuesdays of 49% in comparison with the earlier yr, 2.7 million to 4 million spectators, in keeping with figures from Fece, the federation of movie exhibitors. Cinema attendance on Tuesdays grew twice as a lot as the remainder of the times of the week, in keeping with Urtasun. And he improved 23% in comparison with 2019, the final reference earlier than the coronavirus pandemic modified the connection with film theaters, like many different points of society.

According to Fece figures, virtually a million “senior” viewers (924,724) benefited from this system in 2023, of the 9.5 million to which it was aimed, which represented a median of 25.5% of the overall of three,663 ,676 tickets bought on Tuesdays of the interval wherein the initiative was in drive.

The minister recalled that, of all cultural sectors, cinema was one of the vital affected by the pandemic and the one which had the toughest time recovering, amongst different issues as a result of drop in audiences aged 65 and over. “Therefore, when we adopt this measure we are also adopting a measure to support a key sector and the economy of our country,” he confused.

As a novelty, this yr tickets will be bought each on the ticket workplaces of the exhibition halls and by digital means. Of the overall, 11,750,000 euros will likely be particularly allotted to assist and 250,000 euros to monetary compensation for the collaborating entity. The bills will likely be charged to the bills finances of the Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts (ICAA).

In flip, of the quantity allotted to assist, a most of 10 million euros will likely be allotted for the granting of help, whereas a most of 1,750,000 euros will likely be reserved to satisfy the potential wants to extend the help granted. as a consequence of better execution than anticipated. Once the decision comes into drive, cinemas may have seven days to request the subsidy, the Government hopes that this system will likely be obtainable from “the end of April or the beginning of May”.

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