The control of the sanitary pass in the cinemas created long queues at the entrance, sometimes causing the anger of the public fearing to miss their film. Cinemas are adapting.
Wednesday evening, the Gaumont Wilson cinema displays an interminable file, long until Mc Do… The cause? The release of the latest James Bond “Dying Can Wait”, scheduled for 8:30 pm and the 950 or so spectators with passes to check. Obviously it gets stuck a little for some: “It’s very long, too long, admits André, fan of Daniel Craig who for nothing in the world, would have missed the session. We are always afraid of arriving too late and of not understanding anything ”. Close to him, Lucas, cautious came forty minutes early for safety: “To miss a movie is inconceivable. I prefer to arrive earlier. With the health constraint, it is necessary to review its organization ”. Caroline, far-sighted, phone with QR code, “I’m not planning a wait. You have to be civic ”.
Director of Gaumont Wilson, Daniel Paulard, is aware of the situation: “There are about thirty minutes of pass control, depending on the films and their attendance. We are three people and we are not idle. The spectator must anticipate and know that the purchase of the places does not exempt the control of the pass. Some think so ”. He adds: “The organization of the cinema is absolutely not in question. And moving back the schedule of the film, as I have heard it sometimes, would only serve to upset the other sessions ”.
At the ABC cinema, the public seems more patient. “Obviously, the control of the step controlled stress and the traffic jam but we do not suffer the wrath of the spectators, admits Simon Pic, in charge of the cash register. If it gets stuck too much, as for the CineEspana festival, we pass priority customers and everyone understands it ”.
At Cosmograph Toulouse, Jérémy Breta, the manager admits that it is not easy “especially with an application that sometimes does not work. But since everything is manual with us, we can easily delay the session by a few minutes ”. Each cinema therefore manages the situation as best it can. Trying as best they could to balance the drop in admissions of around 30% compared to 2019.