HAVANA – The Cuban government is ordering the immediate closure of privately run cinemas and video game salons that have mushroomed on the island in recent months.
The businesses have been operating in a legal gray area using independent restaurant licenses. They offer basic food and drink, though the entertainment is the main draw.
There are around 200 areas of private enterprise that are legal on the island under President Raul Castro's economic changes.
An announcement in Communist Party newspaper Granma on Saturday says explicitly that the movie and video salons are not allowed.
It says that showing films and playing computer games in private businesses must "cease immediately."