Cinema halls are reopening in the valley after three decades. In 1989-90, theater owners closed down cinema halls in the Valley due to terrorist threats and attacks.
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Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha will inaugurate Kashmir’s first multiplex in Srinagar on Tuesday. The inaugural event will be held with a special screening of Aamir Khan’s ‘Lal Singh Chadha’. However, the regular program will start from September 30. This multiplex is going to open in Sonawar area of Srinagar. As a result of this initiative, people no longer have to go outside Kashmir to watch Bollywood movies on the big screen. Multiplex owner Vikas Dhar said in a statement that it was a big dream for us, which has now come true.
Kashmir’s first multiplex will have three movie theaters with a total of 520 seats. A ‘food court’ has also been set up on the premises to promote street food. The scheduled inauguration of the INOX-powered multiplex comes at a time when Jammu and Kashmir Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha inaugurated one multi-purpose cinema hall each in Pulwama and Shopian districts on Sunday. Describing the event as historic, Sinha said in Pulwama, “We will soon build such multipurpose cinema halls in every district of Jammu and Kashmir.” He said that cinema halls would soon be inaugurated in Anantnag, Srinagar, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Doda, Rajouri, Poonch, Kishtwar and Ressi.
Yesterday inaugurated multi-purpose cinema halls in Pulwama and Shopian. It offers facilities like movie screening, infotainment and youth skills. pic.twitter.com/rsCzxgqNwL
— Manoj Sinha (@manojsinha_) September 19, 2022
After three decades, the movie was launched
Cinema halls are reopening in the valley after three decades. In 1989-90, theater owners closed down cinema halls in the Valley due to terrorist threats and attacks. Authorities tried to reopen some theaters in the late 1990s. But in September 1999, the authorities’ efforts failed due to a horrific grenade attack by terrorists on the Regal cinema in the heart of Lal Chowk. One person died in this attack.
Earlier had to leave Kashmir
Two more theaters, Neelam and Broadway, were opened in the high security area of Srinagar, but they too have been closed down. Many cinemas have been converted into shopping complexes, nursing homes, while some have been taken over by paramilitary forces. After that people had to travel long distances and go outside Kashmir to watch movies.
(with agency input)