The performance halls could gradually reopen from June. This is the announcement that was made Tuesday by the Minister of Culture Franck Riester. Despite this prospect – still uncertain – many small structures are already on the verge of bankruptcy. This is particularly the case of La Boîte à Rire, a Lille performance hall with a capacity of 50 spectators.
“It’s very hard. We’ve been closed for two months, no return and the charges that are still there, it’s very complicated”, confides on BFM Grand Lille Sébastien Martinez, director of La Boîte à Rire.
The management of the establishment is today calling for online donations to save this café-théâtre. A kitty online was launched by actors from the small hall to support the establishment. “Without any help, this small structure can no longer meet its bills. It talks about filing for bankruptcy,” explain the initiators of the kitty.
“We are calling you TO HELP so that this friendly place can continue to make the Lille metropolis laugh, can we read. You can make a donation. Whatever the amount, be sure that it will help our little theater and for that we we thank you.”
Sanitary measures already planned
Sébastien Martinez, also ensures that everything will be done to accommodate the public in safe and strict sanitary conditions in the event of reopening in June.
“We will respect as much as possible what is advised, he explains to BFM Lille. We are going to make empty seats, we are going to be a meter apart between people, they will be forced to be masked. We need better 20 people than zero! “