Modern-Standard Movie Theaters to Be Built in Uzbekistan
By late 2019, more than 50 standard-design cinemas are projected to be erected across Uzbekistan.
In addition, funds from the state budget will be allocated this year for the production of 20 documentary, popular science, educational-methodological films, almanacs, newsreels, and 25 in 2019, while 30 annually from 2020. The animation industry will not be left aside either: this year the government plans to finance the production of 15 cartoons, and 50 starting from 2022 annually.
To date, three standard designs for cinemas: summer, as well as a one-story and two-story buildings have already been approved. The latter two types are to have two halls, each of which designed for about 50 seats.
“Currently we are studying as to what equipment these cinemas should be outfitted with. Obviously, it will meet the requirements of the times. To organize the activity of the cinemas, a special rental center will be set up to provide them with both national and world premieres. For this it will receive a small interest from the owners of the facilities,” said the chief of the technical department at the Uzbekkino Agency Bahodir Muhamedov.
At the same time, according to him, the number of cinemas can significantly increase, as issues related to funding the project are being solved. The specialist added that the main donor will be the National Bank of Uzbekistan, which will issue preferential loans to entrepreneurs willing to begin construction of these facilities.
“Loans will be granted at the 7% preferential interest rate. The businessperson who is assigned the funds in the bank will build the facility in accordance with one of the standard designs and equip it in line with approved standards. In the future, there will be an integrated ticket system, ticket sales via the internet and mobile applications,” Muhamedov pointed out.
Worth recalling that the President of Uzbekistan approved last August a number of measures to support and further develop the national cinematography, including the parameters of the state order in the field for the coming years. Thus, for example, it is planned to fund 20 full-length motion pictures in 2018, and 30 such films annually starting from 2020.