Brussels Movie Theaters Reopen Day After Attack
But the largest theater chain remains closed as the Belgian capital is still on high alert after Tuesday's bombing attacks, which left at least 34 dead and hundreds injured.
Movie theaters in Brussels have reopened a day after a series of bombing attacks ripped through the Belgian capital that left at least 34 people dead and hundreds injured.
The Belgian government has declared the maximum alert level following the attacks, which saw apparently coordinated bombings at an airport and a city metro station, but it has not put Brussels in lockdown, as it did following the terrorist attacks in Paris in November.
Theaters in Brussels, which voluntarily chose to close on Tuesday in the wake of the attacks, opened again Wednesday. The only exception is Kinepolis, Belgium's largest cinema operator, which chose to keep its multiplex in Brussels closed, following consultation with local authorities. But it may reopen as soon as Thursday, depending on future developments and security assessments, according to Jan Runge, CEO of Brussels-based European theater owners association UNIC. Theaters in the rest of the country, and the rest of Europe, remain open.
Warner Bros. is sure to closely watch the situation as its Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in Belgium on Wednesday.
“I think we will observe that people in Brussels will show resilience and return to cinemagoing quickly, similar to developments in Paris a few months ago,” Runge told The Hollywood Reporter.
The airport and several Brussels metro stations remain closed and there is heightened security in the city, but citizens have returned to work and school as normal. Belgium has declared three days of official mourning for the victims of the attacks.
Belgian police have arrested a suspect. Two other men identified in CCTV footage from the airport before the first bombing are believed to have blown themselves up.
The Islamic State group have claimed responsibility for the attacks.