Mangaluru: Film theatres open their doors, audiences stay away

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Oct 16: After a gap of seven months, movie theatres at multiplexes in the city and Udupi opened on Thursday October 15 for the movie buffs. Single screen theatres remained closed. The theatres at the multiplexes suffered from dearth of audiences.

Out of the three multiplexes in the city, a handful of audiences were visible at the Big Cinemas and the Cinepolis. Only a few screens were operational. PVR is yet to be opened. Three shows were planned at the Big Cinemas Manipal but these shows were cancelled for want of audiences. Inox theatre did not open due to technical reasons.

Reasons for the audiences to stay clear of theatres could be many. Foremost of them is the fear of coronavirus. Secondly, the films which were being exhibited when the theatres were suddenly closed due to an order of the government seven months ago, were shown on Thursday. But the people have already seen them on televisions and hence showed their disinclination to see them again. A few came to check on the new system while others were there just for time pass.

The staff at the multiplexes said that unless new films are released, it would be futile to expect audiences. Even if they are released, the people may not come to the theatres in a big way. Once colleges are opened, some students might come to theatres. For the present, people with families may not want to come to theatres, they feel.

Theatres opened at various places in the state but the audience response was lukewarm. Single screen theatres opened only at a few places. Even some multiplexes remained closed. Theatres in Chitradurga, Davanagere, Belagavi, Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Uttara Kannada, Chamarajanagar, Kodagu, Mandya, Hassan, Kalabuagi, Yadagiri, Vijayapura, Bagalkot, Bidar, Koppal, Raichur and Ballari districts did not open. The exhibitors have placed some demands before the government. It is said they may choose to remain closed till their demands are considered favourably.

Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce chairman, Jairaj, said that people have shown interest towards coming to theatres and watching the movies. "We are sure that in the coming days they will come to theatres in good numbers, watch the movies and support the films," he said.






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  • J. F. D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangalore.

    Sat, Oct 17 2020

    Why go to see a movie and invite troubles to spend few lakhs for hospital charges.

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  • Ruchir Agarwal, mangalore

    Fri, Oct 16 2020

    Audience have realised pleasure of watching movies at home. Many have bought big screen smart TV and watch movies in net flix and sony liv . Not worth to Pay 200/- for a Pop corn and waste 4 hours for a movie. At home you can pause the movie for a break , FW FW and do what you want all in comfort of your home.Also you get a choice of latest movie and short films

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  • Subhash Chandra, Mangalore

    Fri, Oct 16 2020

    just like private bus sector...

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Fri, Oct 16 2020

    Now people are becoming smart and clever. They know they have voted a wrong Government. They know by hitting plates and lighting candles nothing will happen. If people have not coming to theatres they are still hitting plates and still standing with the lit candle.

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  • Rahul, Mangalore

    Fri, Oct 16 2020

    There were no new movies bro...same old ones which released before lockdown...that's why people stayed away...

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  • Amaze, Karkala

    Fri, Oct 16 2020

    If you open the theatres with PM Narendra movie, people will prefer to stay at home

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Oct 16 2020

    People from our Districts are Honest, Educated & Intelligent ...

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Fri, Oct 16 2020

    Closed ac environments are a breeding place for spread of infection!

    These cinema owners will have to pump money from their pockets to survive the present conditions.

    Also after SSRs death controversy Bollywood is in shambles & many people have developed an aversion for stars!

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  • suhail, Mangalore

    Fri, Oct 16 2020

    This time if you charge 10 rs for pop corn or 10 for pepsi .... no one will buy from you... Realise ur mistakes .... and when god wishes he will take you illegal earning and looting poor publics money past many years in Just a Day .....

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Fri, Oct 16 2020

    Very true....too much costly.. unreasonably....richer trying to become richest

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Fri, Oct 16 2020

    Certainly, it is not prudent, to sit in an enclosed cinema theatre, for three hours, in the company of packed audience, despite taking basic precautions !!!

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