Abuja - A cinematographer, Felix Iwuoha has called on government at all levels to build recreational facilities with cinema halls at affordable price to bring back cinema culture in the country.
Iwuoha made the call in an interview at Abuja.
He said that to revive the cinema culture, governments and stakeholders in the industry should consider the population and create smaller cinemas that would be affordable to all levels of people in the society.
The cinematographer, who is a member of African Movies Academy Award (AMMA) Jury said: "The government and stakeholders in the cinema business need to build more cinemas, make the tickets affordable, produce quality films that can be shown to movie lovers."
"Right now people pay so much to see films in the few cinemas we have in Abuja. For example, I reside in FHA, Lugbe Airport road and cinemas that we have in Abuja are both in Central Business District. I spend 5000 on the average to access cinema, when I get there, there is need for me to buy popcorn and soft drink."
"How many Nigerians can afford to spend that on cinema weekly? It’s expensive; cinema is still too elitist in Nigeria. We need to build cinemas that are accessible and affordable with standard in place to cater for our population."
Iwuoha said that government should put in policy that would make it possible to easily access cinemas by anybody.
"Interestingly, there is a provision in the National Film Policy that stipulates the provision of community cinemas in the 774 Local government areas of the country, but that aspect of the policy is yet to be implemented,’’ he said.
He said that when the policy was implemented, cinema would be affordable, accessible and there would be more screens to cater for the country’s teeming population and cultural values on cinema would be restored.