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Cinema halls re-open in Jammu & Kashmir after decades, LG Manoj Sinha inaugurates

After the valley got gripped by militancy in early 1990s, the multiplex owners found it hard to survive without public patronage and owners rather chose to down the shutters.

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New Delhi: After almost 3 decades of no-show at multiplexes in Jammu & Kashmir, the hustle & bustle around cinema halls marked a return on Tuesday.

J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha inaugurated multi-purpose cinema halls in 2 regions of South Kashmir – Pulwama & Shopian, thereby facilitating local population to watch cinemas with all comfort. The multiplex was thrown open to public with a special screening of Aamir Khan starrer movie Lal Singh Chaddha.

The ticket booking will begin from September 26 and the first show at the theatres is slated for October 1. A dry run screening has also been done for smooth experience.

The cinema halls offer a range of facilities ranging from movie screening to infotainment. The three-screen INOX multiplex has a seating capacity of more than 500 people and will prove to be good unwinding & relaxing zone for the locals. The premises have a food court, equipped with local cuisine.

Locals are enthused & elated with the development as they will get a fresh chance to watch film in theatres and won’t have to travel outside the state for such an experience.

Kashmir multiplexAfter the valley got gripped by militancy in early 1990s, the multiplex owners found it hard to survive without public patronage and owners rather chose to down the shutters.

Meanwhile, LG Manoj Sinha has described the occasion as “historic” and said that “we will build such multipurpose cinema halls in every district of Jammu and Kashmir soon”.

“Cinema is a powerful creative medium which reflects the culture, values and aspirations of the people. It opens the door to the world of knowledge, new discoveries and enables people to get a better understanding of each other’s culture,” Sinha said.

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