Cinemas, theatres told to enhance security
LAHORE: Faced with a dwindling audience and fewer hits, the cinema and theatre industry has been told by police to arrange surveillance cameras and walkthrough gates to avert any untoward incident.
Civil Lines Senior Superintendent of Police Haider Ashraf told Dawn he had met cinema and theatre owners and told them to arrange guards, frisking, adequate lighting, metal detectors and walkthrough gates.
Cinema Management Association Chairman Qaiser Sanaullah told Dawn though most of the cinemas had already `sufficient’ security arrangements in place, they would cooperate with the government in providing security to visitors.
A cinema owner, however, said most of the cinemas in the city could not afford surveillance and security gadgets.
Plaza Cinema owner Jahan Zaib said such measures were not affordable for most of the cinema owners. “Though I’ve installed security gadgets at my cinema house, I can tell you others can’t afford it.”
A couple of theatre owners Dawn talked to said they would ensure maximum security for the people visiting their entertainment houses.