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Bangalore was one such city in the newly independent India which was a real moviegoer’s delight. Bangalore’s cinema theaters used to show films in many languages in early ‘50s – English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. Later on, Bengali and Malayalam movies could also be seen in the city’s theaters in morning shows. Therefore, Bangalore became the most cosmopolitan town in the country. This varied taste in films reflected the tolerant and eclectic mindset of the natives. However, this could be the reason behind the foundation for a Pan-India city.
Why people in Bangalore love to watch movies in theaters?
the main pass-time for Bangaloreans was watching movies as the city had
no riverside, seaside or any other kind of entertaining spots. These
theaters entertained people of all classes and were considered as the
common man’s main stress-buster. The poor people could buy tickets for
front rows and the middle class could afford the rear classes and
balcony. People in that era generally made their budget in such a manner
that they could watch at least one movie in a month and therefore they
went to theater with a lot of excitement.
Bangalore had some
good English film theaters like Rex, Plaza, Liberty, BRV and Imperial.
The theaters which were in the cantonment area (now called MG Road and
Brigade Road) showed English films most of the times except for Empire
and New Opera. There were two other theaters in the city which showed
older English films – Bharat Talkies on JC Road and Vijayalakshmi in
Theaters in Gandhinagar, Bangalore
Gandhinagar locality is one of the oldest localities of Bangalore, and it became popular due to a large number of cinema houses located on the main road as well as the surrounding roads. However, this locality was and is still called “Majestic”, named after an old cinema theater that was located there. Kempe Gowda Road in this area had the maximum number of theaters per square mile in the whole country.
Whenever any new blockbuster of leading stars was released, the whole road in the Gandhinagar locality used to get a festive look. It was decorated with flowers and lights. Sometimes these crazy film fans even performed pujas to their stars by offering fruits and milk. The most popular theaters in this locality were States, Majestic, Himalaya, Sangam, Prabhat, Sagar, Kempegowda and Geeta. They had become the main landmarks here and were referred to direct people to addresses. Alankar, a real modern theater was built in the latter half of the ‘50s in this area. Other theatres which also came up at almost same time were Kalpana and Menaka. However, Tribhuvan, Kapali and Abhinay were built later on. The total number of cinemas in the Majestic area rose to 14 in the early ‘70s.
Pallavi theater in Bangalore
But slowly with the emergence of television, people reduced their visits to theaters and eventually most of these small theaters were replaced by malls and multiplexes. Many leading theaters which entertained a large number of people for decades are no longer functioning. Majestic, which was the major landmark of this locality, is also gone. At present, KG Road has only two of those old theaters left- States and Sagar. Pallavi theater built in 1976 and located in the heart of Bangalore has entered the pages of Bangalore’s history. It was a single screen theater with 1200+ seats of various classes and was the first theater in Kempe Gowda road to opt for non- Kannada films only.
Urvashi theater in Bangalore
Before Multiplex started, Urvashi theater was one of the finest theaters in Bangalore. It was one of the first cinemas to get Dolby System and played ‘Enigma’ music during the pre-movie and interval times. It used to be a hot place for college students especially on Friday mornings and had huge rush of movie tickets.
Lakshmi, Srinivasa and Balaji theaters in Bangalore
With the passage of time, Bangalore has seen a major growth in good theaters which allow people to watch movies comfortably. Lakshmi theater built on Tavarekere Road has been operating under Lakshmi Cinemas and entertaining people for the last 35 years. Srinivasa was the first theater built under this company in 1975 which had the capacity of 1500 seats. It became more and more popular with the passing years. Then in 1990, another theater was launched by the company called Balaji with the same seating capacity. Later in the year 1995, Lakshmi theater was built with seating capacity for 1100 viewers. In 2006, all these three theaters were renovated with State-of-the-art technology of Digital protection with the aim to get into the level of multiplexes. All the facilities in these theaters have been updated with world class equipment so that viewers can have warm and comfortable experience in the cosy environment.
Vaibhav and Cauvery theaters in Bangalore
Vaibhav theatre is located in Sanjaya Nagar, Bangalore. It is a single screen hall that has upgraded its sound system and has cushioned seats. Watching movies in this theater is a good option as its tickets are reasonably priced, has Dolby DTS system with air-conditioning and cheap snacks. Another very good theater is Cauvery theater in Sadashiva Nagar. It is located at a very convenient place and gives you relaxed movie watching experience with standard features. It doesn't have a Hi-Fi surround system like multiplexes but still has good sound quality. The crowd which comes here generally comprises of college students and families. Both stall and balcony rates are reasonable.
Mukunda, Lavanya, Sangeeth and Bhumika theaters in Bangalore
On the other hand, Mukunda theatre in Maruthi Seva Nagar, Lavanya theater in St. Johns Road, Sangeeth theatre in Shivaji Nagar and Bhumika theatre on KG Road also provide some very good features. They are air-conditioned halls with the facility of online tickets, privileged cards, Valet parking, lighting system and audio-visual system.
Poornima and Everest theaters in Bangalore
Poornima theater is one of the oldest and most famous multiplexes in the city which reflects the lifestyle and party hopping nature of the natives. It is known for its large screen and easy location and mostly shows Kannada, Telugu and Tamil movies. There are several restaurants and bars nearby this theater where you can get some mouth watering Indian and International Delicacies. Everest theater, Frazer town is a single screen theater located in the IT corridor of Bangalore and is most popular among IT and Software professionals. It uses Digital 2k and 3D technology and has the best sound system with executive deluxe chairs and seating capacity of 400.
Natraj, Thirumlal and Rex Theaters in Bangalore
There are some other single screen theaters in Bangalore which are well maintained with all the essential amenities of recreation and comfort. They are Natraj theatre located in Seshadripuram, Thirumlal theater in Koramangala and Rex Theater on Brigade Road. These small theaters get a good gathering of families, couples and youth. Here, tickets are available at cheaper rates. Even the price of snacks is reasonable making it affordable for different sections of people.
Srieswari theatre and Pushpanjali theater in Bangalore
Srieshwari theatre built in Banashankari has a lovely hall with nice, comfortable seating arrangements. Its location makes it possible for people to avail different means of transportation to reach there. Pushpanjali theater is another prestigious air conditioned theater located in Dooravaninagar which was recently renovated and accommodates 570 persons. It gives picture perfect visual quality with DTS sound Effect. It has its own food court with tickets at nominal rates.
No doubt, Bangalore is full of theater enthusiasts. Many leading theaters and multiplexes which entertain a large number of people continue to upgrade their facilities so that people can have their best experiences while watching movies in them.