The first online movie theater launched in Tajikistan

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The first national online movie theater, SOMON TV, has been launched in Tajikistan.

The project manager is Umed Ibodov, and SOMON TV offers collection of online movies, animated films as well as TV and radio programs in HD format.

To watch movies offered by SOMON TV, you should register on the http:// website.

Virtual cinema is a video-on-demand streaming service facilitated by independent film distributors and art-house theaters to release new films and share profits.

As a result of the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic, movie theaters were closed down for public safety. In 2020 from March through April, virtual cinema proliferated during the theaters' closures. Several distributors of independent films, including Kino Lorber, Film Movement, and Music Box Films, were early adopters. The initiative grew to involve theater chains and film festivals that were affected by the pandemic. Major specialty chains Alamo Drafthouse and Laemmle Theaters began partnering with the distributors.

April 2020, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the re-release of actress turned director Lee Grant's documentaries (including the 1986 Oscar-winning Down and Out in America) was re-imagined as one of the first examples of virtual cinema and became “the first virtual repertory series.” Other “virtual cinema” examples included the animated films Trolls World Tour and Scoob! alongside the Studio Ghibli library provided by GKIDS.

Source: Asia-Plus