(CMR) Following a down turn in the theatre market due to COVID-19, the major cinema company in Jamaica has announced plans to build a drive-in cinema.
The Palace Amusement Company (1921) Limited (PAL) in an advisory said that they had obtained licence for premises on Dominica Drive in New Kingston for the cinema's operations.
“In its continued effort to provide an additional safe space for patrons and stakeholders, it has obtained a license for premises at Dominica Drive in New Kingston, for the operation of a drive-in cinema,” said PAL in its advisory.
“Although the License was obtained on August 21, 2020, and preparatory work has begun, we are not yet able to say when operations will commence as this is subject to directives from the Government for the operation of cinemas and places of entertainment during the COVID 19 Pandemic, ”added the theatre company.
Earlier this year, PAL said it had racked up a $131 million loss during the first half of its financial year.
The company’s losses come as a result of it having closed all of its theatres following government-imposed restrictions to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Palace operates four theatres in Jamaica – Carib 5 and Palace Cineplex in Kingston, Sunshine Palace in Portmore and Palace Multiplex in Montego Bay.