Spanish theatres on strike

Spanish Theatres are closed due in protest over new law The Spanish Federation of Cinemas (FECE), which comprises 90% of all theatres in Spain, has called on its associates to strike for 24 hours in protest over the suggested new Theatre law. The Managing Director FECE, Rafael Alvero, has accused the government of neglecting to negotiate with his organisation which is the determination to strike was taken. He said it was only the very first measure its members would be taking to be able to get their point across. Rafael Alvero stated that FECE had talked to almost all the political groups in the Spanish parliament except for PSOE given the interval for amending the proposed law before it was passed ends next week last week. He said that strike was a call for Spanish theaters not to be forgotten by politicians. Along with the strike Spanish theatres have prepared some ads to publicise the issues they confront which will soon be screened in theaters through outside the state. Based on Alvero their tone is very belligerent given the current situation which certainly favours the production sector. The key demands of the FECE are that the quota for screening a movie are reduced, competition is controlled, theaters possess the rights to screen a movie for six months and that more attempts are made to fight piracy. The most recent time that Spanish theatres went on strike was in 1993 in another demonstration over the law regulating theatres and as far as Alvero is concerned they’re confronting the exact same struggle now although he also acknowledged that maybe the amount of viewers had gone down partially as a result of a potential surplus of theater screens in Spain. Nevertheless, he said this was another issue not directly associated with the suggested Theater law. Now’s strike is estimated to cost theaters nearly one million euros in lost ticket revenues – theatres are free to choose whether to participate or not