Jenny Ip Chao Mui, the operations manager of Cinematheque•Passion, told reporters on Tuesday that the cinema’s monthly budget is around MOP 400,000 to 500,000, predicting that this month it will be able to operate within its budget.
Ip made the remarks on Tuesday evening before the reopening of Cinematheque•Passion in Travessa da Paixão, with the screening of the 1952 American musical romantic comedy film Singin’ in the Rain.
In June, Ip’s management company – Companhia de Produção de Entretenimento e Cultura – won the bid with the lowest operation service cost of MOP 15.2 million for a three-year period, while four years ago, the cinema’s ex-operator CUT Limited, won the tender to run the cinema with a bid of MOP 24.95 million.
The low operation service cost has drawn a lot of attention from the general public, and Ip said on Tuesday she believed that the operational running costs for this month will be within budget, adding she was “confident” that in the next three years the management team can keep the service costs within the MOP 15.2 million.
When asked about the feedback from the general public, Ip said that her team had been listening and adjusting its approach to the “constructive” comments, for example, her team launched an online ticketing system on the cinema’s website as the public requested. Ip insisted that her team will prove that it is capable of managing the cinema.
She also said that a lot of the movies this month are already sold out, adding that the ticket sales have not been affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Ip said that next month the cinema will screen more than 10 movies, including Chinese and international films that have never been shown in Macao.