“We are planning to reopen on May 1st,” said Nicole Reinhard, director of the Stadtkinos Basel, in an interview with our newspaper. The previously applicable distance and safety rules continue to apply, such as the mask requirement during the film. “The inside bar is not allowed, but luckily we also have an outside area,” she says. The Stadtkino, an art house cinema not far from the Basel Theater, has a cinema hall of which one third or a maximum of 50 visitors can be occupied. Most recently, a retrospective with films by Hollywood actress Katharine Hepburn was shown there for up to 15 visitors per performance – until the lights went out for the time being at the beginning of December.
The lockdown was a challenge for everyone involved, says Reinhard. “Fortunately, we haven’t seen it before, and the difficult thing was to keep a program in hand, since it could have started again at any time.” instead, which had to be carried out in a stripped-down and largely virtual form last year. According to the current status, the current edition should take place from June 16 to 20.
Guests are also scheduled
Nicole Reinhard and her team are already planning the first live events with guests. “That was no longer an issue before the lockdown, because visitors from Germany, for example, can hardly be won if only 15 spectators are allowed to come,” says Reinhard. Financially, they have come through the crisis well so far, also thanks to the loyal subscribers and members of the film club Le Bon Film. However, Reinhard hopes that the corona situation will allow the cinema to open permanently. “The worst for us would be if we had to close again in four weeks,” she makes clear.
The Kultkino Basel has already reopened with its two locations, a camera with two halls and a studio with four halls. “A maximum of 50 people are allowed to come to us per cinema,” says Ümet Keles from the administration of the cult cinema. On the first opening day on Thursday there was “a lot of response”, he says. Some films are shown that were shown before the lockdown, some new strips.
Situation for German visitors
For cinema fans from the Lörrach district, however, the screen remains black. Because from the Baden-Württemberg side, the rules of small border traffic still apply in the border area: People from France and Switzerland from neighboring cantons and départements can continue to enter the border for up to 24 hours with good reason, without the obligation to quarantine, such as the State Ministry writes on his website. The same applies in the opposite direction, also with regard to (day) tourist trips: Since December 23, 2020, anyone entering Baden-Württemberg from the affected areas or returning from such a trip has to go into quarantine and can at the earliest have it tested after five days. Visiting a cinema is, according to the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration, a “usual tourist activity”, as it says on its website. For the time being, cinema buffs can only hope that the cinemas in Germany will reopen soon.