‘Smruti cinema’ – an old gem of Nagpur and an all-time-favorite movie theatre of Nagpurkars, is all set to open doors again as ‘Buty Cineplex’. Cinephiles of the city will now be able to watch movies at this revamped movie theater from March 21. The theatre will kick off business with the release of Akshay Kumar-starrer ‘Kesari’.
While speaking to TOI, owner Rohit Buty said, “We are planning to have a soft opening on March 19 and 20 with the popular film Uri-The surgical strike. I want to begin a new chapter in this theatre’s history by paying homage to our martyrs in the recent terror attack at Pulwama.”
On September 1, 2018, the theatre was seen closing its shutters as the previous management had ceased business. The property eventually went back to Vikram Buty, the owner of the theatre. Ever since then the space has been used as a pay-and-park spot.
However during shutting down the theatre, Vikram’s son Rohit had stated that the theatre would reopen as soon as they procured the license in their name. “The required license was given to us earlier this week,” Rohit informed.
The theatre will now be run by the firm ‘Pushpa Pictures’, which also handles 35 other cinemas across the state. Sanjay Surana, the proprietor of the firm, said, “We have put up a world class 5.1 Dolby sound system and 2K Barco projectors which are used for projecting 3D films too.” 150 ton air-conditioners have also been installed in the space so as to increase the air-conditioning capacity of the theatre, as a part of the renovation.
“The effort is to give an enhanced cinema viewing experience to the moviegoers. So we are making it not just comfortable but affordable too,” says Buty. He added that tickets have been priced between the bracket of Rs 60-110. “The booking can be done using Paytm and on Bookmyshow,” Surana said.
Pointing towards the situation of single screen theatres of the city shutting down, Surana said, “The ratio of cinema screens in proportion to city’s population is very low.” Four cinemas viz. Jaishree, Natraj, Regent and Aashirwad have closed down in the last four years.
“All over the state around 500 single screen cinemas have closed down in the last two years,” he adds.
“But the masses always prefer to watch a film in a single screen theatre and we have also experienced that the atmosphere is very charged and vibrant at single screens,” he said.
Buty Cineplex will be replete with a seat capacity of nearly 1,000 and the biggest screen in the city.
Information source: timesofindia
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