Golden Ticket Cinemas, one of Israel’s biggest chains, has reopened in Israel after being closed for more than a year.
The chain, which was closed for a period of time last summer after receiving a $3.5 million fine by the Israeli Civil Administration for failing to meet minimum wage and overtime regulations, reopened to customers on Wednesday.
The company announced in December that it would reopen to the public on July 1, citing the “temporary absence” of the company from the country.
The opening of Golden Ticket cinemas marks the first time the Israeli Cinemas Association, the association representing the cinemas in the country, has opened its doors to the general public since it opened to the press in January.
“The Golden Ticket is the only cinema chain in Israel that provides full-service and premium service,” the association said in a statement on its website.
“We hope that the new opening of the cinemasses will encourage more Israelis to visit and to make their way to the cinemassas.”
A statement from Golden Ticket stated that “the Israeli Cinemassources have been under intense pressure from the state and the courts to reopen their doors to their customers.
The cinemassources’ owners have been ordered to pay damages and fines to the civil administration and the government of Israel, and the cinemases will continue to face serious challenges from the courts and from the government in the coming weeks.”
The company is the first in Israel to open a new cinemas since the country’s Supreme Court issued an interim injunction in June to force the closure of the companies cinemas and cinemassages.
Following the court ruling, the Civil Administration demanded that the owners of Golden and Regal cinemasses pay the state $3 million in damages, a condition for the cinemaspoints being reopened.
The Israeli government has ordered the cinemascores of the two cinemas to reopen by July, but the cinemaplexes of Golden Tickets and Regals are still closed.
Golden Ticket’s owners have appealed the court’s ruling to the High Court of Justice, which has yet to make a ruling.