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Movie theater builds anti-coronavirus partitions between seats for 1st time in Japan

Partitions are seen installed between seats at Aeon Cinema Ichikawa Myoden. (Photo courtesy of Aeon Entertainment Co.)

CHIBA -- Aeon Entertainment Co., the Tokyo-based box office company of the Aeon Group, has begun setting up partitions between seats to prevent the transmission of airborne droplets among audience members sitting next to each other for all nine of its screens at Aeon Cinema Ichikawa Myoden -- the first such move among all movie theaters across Japan.

    The installation of partitions for eight screens at the theater in Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, have been completed, and the theater is set to reopen on Jan. 23 once the remaining screen is outfitted with partitions as well.

    Aeon Entertainment Co. earlier installed the latest anti-virus system for air-conditioning in all 10 of its screens at Aeon Cinema Makuhari Shintoshin, also in Chiba Prefecture, in August 2020. At the Ichikawa Myoden theater, in addition to the new air-conditioning system, partitions that are approximately 107 centimeters tall will be set up between seats, and seats are staggered sideways by half a seat for each row to achieve thorough anti-droplet protection. Additionally, an anti-viral coating has been applied to various parts of the theater, including the seats, counters, ticket-vending machines and bathrooms.

    (Japanese original by Toshikazu Yamada, Chiba Bureau)

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