Cinemas reopening in Kwara | Now Showing

Taiwo Aina
3 min readApr 15, 2022

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nigerian cinemas have been shut down since March 2020. The Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria (CEAN) has announced that all cinemas across the country are to reopen from Friday, 11th September 2020. The decision came against the backdrop of the approval of the Presidential Task Force on COVID19, in an announcement made on 3rd September 2020. Whilst the federal government has now authorized the reopening of cinemas, there are still ongoing discussions with Lagos and Rivers state governments regarding reopening in those states. Kwara State government approved for her state.

Viva Cinemas is one of the most visited in Nigeria, it reopened its Ilorin branch on the 18th of September, 2020. Staff body temperatures are checked early in the morning as they resume before they enter the cinema to start their duties. People are used to coming into the cinema to make enquires, then walk around but there is nothing of such anymore as movements are now restricted and fully monitored. Viewers with their face masks are carefully checked in using a forehead thermometer to examine their temperature and sprayed with medical disinfectant from head to toe. Automated hand sanitizers are used at the entrance of the cinema building.

A compulsory contact tracing form is filled by the viewers before they are being attended to. The major challenge has been inside the screen room, one of the staff is always in the screen room to ensure social distancing is observed. Viewers are checked on every interval to ensure they are observing social distancing, though there are indications on the seat to tell where to or not to sit. “Yesterday was the first day of re-opening, so, understandably, the turnout wasn’t impressive. Secondly, our core customers are students, and institutions in Kwara haven’t resumed yet” the manager said.

Richard Adeiza, an employee of Viva Cinemas checks the temperature of a customer
at the confined entrance of the cinema.
One of the viewers sanitizing his hands before purchasing a movie ticket.
A portrait of Mr. Abraham, the supervisor of the cinema branch.
Foot charts indicating where viewers should stay to maintain social distancing.
Compulsory contact tracing form being filled by the viewers before they are attended
Sodiq Kareem, one of the staff is always in the screen room to ensure social
distancing is observed.
L — Records taken at the drink area.
R - Viewers exiting the cinema premises as they watched the last showing movie.

Reference: The Guardian

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Originally published at on September 21, 2020



Taiwo Aina

An iconic visual storyteller interested in human life daily experiences and the societal issues that affect them. Lagos, Nigeria.