Hyderabad: The days when people in the old city had to watch movies in dingy cinema halls, sitting on rickety chairs and tolerating the stench and gutka stains on the walls, will soon be passé.
The popular single screen theatre, Sudha 70 MM in Lal Darwaza, is being transformed into a swanky multiplex, with state-of-the art facilities. Once it is thrown open for public, the complex will be the first such facility catering to the needs of cine goers from the old city, who now have to travel long distances to reach the other multiplexes in the city, including Imax or those at Panjagutta and Banjara Hills.
International exhibitor Cinepolis India has come forward to develop Sudha theatre into a multiplex with five screens. In all, there will be over 1,000 seats in all the five screens.
“The theatre, which will be named Sudha Multiplex, will be soon inaugurated,” confirmed Devang Sampat, Director (India Strategic Initiatives), Cinepolis.
He said apart from Telugu movies, Hollywood and Bollywood films would also be screened. Sudha Multiplex would be the right platform for cine goers to watch their favorite films, he said, adding that they had decided to enter the old city keeping in view its good potential.
Based on the success of Sudha Multiplex, the Cinepolis would extend similar facilities in other areas as well, he added. Presently, refurbishing works were going on at a brisk pace.
“The upcoming facility will certainly change the scenario of theaters in Lal Darwaza and surroundings. We are eagerly waiting to watch the first film in Sudha Multiplex,” said M. Madhubabu, a businessman from Lal Darwaza.