On Sunday, the Vietnam Government Portal quoted Thanh, saying the agency already put forward a petition made last week by CGV, BHD Star, Galaxy, and Lotte for amending current regulations that forbid moving midnight screenings to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
The ministry will soon report the issue to Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and seek comments from relevant ministries and agencies, according to Thanh.
Regarding his personal comment, the director advises chains should only show movies in a certain number of cinemas with full standard conditions in cities that are developing nighttime economic activities for public safety and order reasons.
The showtimes should also be extended from midnight to 2:00 am on the next day only.
In last week’s petition, CGV, BHD Star, Galaxy, and Lotte said that the prohibition of showing movies after midnight is no longer appropriate.
The regulation, which was issued in 2021 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, stipulates an administrative penalty of VND5-10 million (US$213-427) on cinemas that run movie showings past midnight.
Nguyen Hoang Hai, digital content manager at CJ CGV Vietnam, said the regulation limits customers’ opportunity to enjoy movies and contradicts the government’s objective of encouraging the growth of cultural services and healthy entertainment for the nighttime economy.
Many movie lovers also showed their support for the amendment to the regulation.