MH17: No morning screenings as cinemas observe day of mourning

PETALING JAYA: Cinema operators will do their part to remember the victims of the MH17 tragedy.

TGV Cinemas Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Gerald V. Dibbayawan said patrons would be asked to observe a minute's silence before movies were screened.

Unlike normal days, no movie would be screened in the morning but only from noon.

"The screen will play a clip to inform patrons about the minute's silence.

"Monitors outside cinema halls will also display MH17 tribute clips," he said, adding that TGV staff would be dressed either in black uniforms or black shirts.

Dibbayawan said a minute's silence would also be observed at the company's headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

"This is our way of doing our part together with our customers and everyone in our organisation to remember all those who perished on MH17.

"We are praying for those who are still not accounted for and for the families as they cope with their loss at this time," he said.

A representative of Golden Screen Cinemas Sdn Bhd said staff would wear black in accordance with the national day of mourning.

"Our Facebook page and website will also display messages of solidarity in line with the national day of mourning," she said, adding that decorations put up for Merdeka Day would be removed temporarily.

A Lotus Five Star Cinema spokesman said all computer terminals in the headquarters would be switched off from 10.45am to 11.30am as a sign of support.

"Our other operations will go on as usual but we have encouraged our staff to wear black or dark clothing as a mark of respect," he said.