Movie Producer, Socrate Sarfo, has said the building of theaters with the aim of reviving the Arts Industry should be a national issue and not left solely on the doorstep of any particular government.
According to him, associations in the entertainment Industry should consider converting some of the idle facilities dotted across the country’s capital into movie theaters, whiles reviving the old ones.
Gone are the days, when people trooped into cinemas to satisfy their viewing pleasure. Today, the once vibrant cinema industry, which also employed a lot of people, has become a phrase of reference.
Ghana’s capital, Accra, has had its share of cinemas, namely, Silver-bird Cinemas, Accra Mall, Global Cinemas Ghana, Exclusive Movie House, among others. Unfortunately, all these have been out of operation for a very long time, with some being either rented out to churches or left to rot. This, Mr. Safo, believes can be changed for future betterment and development.
In an interview with The New Publisher, the veteran industry player said stakeholders of the sector should consider siting smaller theaters that will take fewer people at dotted places across the communities.
”I am of the view that, we’ve all been glamouring for theaters to perform. We have similar structures all over the city which have been neglected. We can re-structure all these facilities for these concert party groups to perform to revive the Arts sector” he said.
The legendary filmmaker revisited the New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s campaign promise to build large-capacity theatres in all regions of the country, and opined that government is on course towards the fulfilment of that promise.
”Concerning the campaign promises of building theaters, we are on course. We’re working hard towards that but until it’s done, we can convert some buildings into movie theatres with modern technology to revive the spirit of the people for the Industry”, he indicated.