In a rarity, regional newspapers in the State didn’t carry advertisements about films running in halls as no films were screened at any part in the State in view of the strike by theatre-owners who have been demanding that the 30% entertainment tax imposed by the State be scrapped at once.
Centre imposed a uniform tax regime – ‘Goods & Services Tax (GST)’ – across the country with effect from 01st July (last Saturday). Small and medium traders, especially those involved in match-sticks and crackers manufacturing, have been opposing GST right from Day 1. In the meantime, theatres in Tamil Nadu started striking work from Monday (03rd July) to protest against the double-tax system.
Theatres’ strike entered its 3rd day yesterday and in a scenario which is very unusual in the State, more than 1000 cinema halls and multiplexes across the State remained closed for the third day on Wednesday, making theatre-owners incur losses to the tune of several crores of rupees.
In view of the continuing strike, producers have withdrawn their advertisements in regional and English newspapers giving details about films screened in theatres.