Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), Jan. 11 -- : Cinemas theatres in Kerala have been exempted from paying entertainment tax from January till March this year, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Monday.

"Exempted cinema theatres from entertainment tax from Jan to Mar(2021). Fixed electricity charges reduced by 50 per cent for the 10 months during when theatres were closed. Validity of various licenses extended. Our creative industries will play a crucial part in the recovery," he said in a tweet.

Officials said the decision for entertainment tax exemption was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by the Chief Minister.

Representatives of the Kerala Film Chamber of Commerce and other film organisations had met the Chief Minister and presen...