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Cinema Centenario, a small cinema home to local films, is officially closing down.

The beloved, 65-seater cinema hub located in Maginhawa, Quezon City is the latest casualty of the pandemic and the resulting lockdown.

“After more than 200 days ng aming pagsasara buhat ng pandemic, nais naming magpaalam dahil tuluyan na naming isasara ang pinto ng ating Tahanan sa Maginhawa,” the cinema writes in a farewell post on Facebook.

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Posted by Cinema Centenario on Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Safety issues amid a pandemic, as well as sustainability are among the reasons the cinema have cited.

“Hindi ito naging madali para sa amin. Malaking factor sa aming desisyon ang safety and sustainability, kahit payagan pang magbukas ang mga sinehan, it won’t work sa aming kinalalagyan,” the post adds. “Hindi biro ang safety concerns na hatid ng pandemyang ito kaya umabot kami sa desisyong ito.”

The cinema, founded by a group of filmmakers who wanted a venue to make quality local films available to the public, has also thanked all of its supporters.

“Taos-pusong pasasalamat sa inyong lahat mga kapitbahay; sa aming mga partner organizations, filmmakers, at sa komunidad ng mga mangingibig ng pelikula na nabuo sa apat na sulok ng ating munting Tahanan,” the post reads further. “Hanggang sa muli, Welcome Home to Cinema Centenario!”

Featured image from Cinema Centenario on Facebook

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