Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Here come the multiplexes

Finally, the multiplex boom hits Bangalore as well after sweeping through Delhi, Mumbai, Gurgaon and even less tony places like Baroda and Jaipur. The Innovative Multiplex with 4 screens has already been in operation on the Outer Ring Road in Marathahalli for a year or so now. Now, a whole host of multiplexes that are part of Malls or FECs (Family Entertainment Centres) are getting off the ground. First to throw its doors open (around the first week of June) will be PVR in The Forum Mall, Koramangala, managed by Priya Village Roadshow, the firm that pioneered multiplexes in India. With 11 screens, it will be the largest multiplex in India. Soon to follow will be the Zee Group's Essel Entertainment-promoted Fun Republic with 4 screens in Sigma Mall on Cunningham Road. Also nearing completion is the INOX Multiplex in Star Mall opposite Shopper's Stop on Magrath Road. Lido theatre which was pulled down last year will soon see a 4-screen multiplex in the GESCO Lido Centre, a mall coming up on the same land.


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