PATNA: Come June and Patnaites would be treated to an unparalleled experience of cinema viewing in a multiplex that is a first of its kind in eastern India.
The multiplex, equipped with digital projectors, is opening at P&M Mall. With four screens, this 1,000-seat complex will screen 20 movies every day. Although ticket prices have not been decided yet, they will vary for morning and evening shows and for weekend and weekday shows.
The show timings can be received through SMS. In a first, the city’s movie buffs will have the option of booking tickets online 24X7 besides, of course, buying the same from counters. Also, special packages will be on offer for bulk bookings. The ticket prices will be inclusive of eatables with a food and beverage outlet, Coffee Tree, offering fresh and delicious gourmet food to the patrons as well as outside guests.
“Each screen involved an investment of Rs 2 crore,” said Ashish Shukla, head (exhibition) of the Cinepolis which has brought the first multiplex to Patna in collaboration with P&M Infrastructures. The digital projectors will provide the finest picture and sound clarity. With an uninterrupted power supply system in place for the projector as well as the
AC installations, it will be uninterrupted viewing at the aesthetically-spread auditoriums with spacious legroom.
According to Shukla, Patna was their preferred destination since ‘movie-watching propensity in the city is quite high’.
What also worked as a spur was the five-year tax holiday offered to the project by the state government.
The only other places where Cinepolis is operational are Thane, Amritsar and Bangalore. “We are looking forward to more such ventures in Bihar provided we get zealous partners,” Shukla said.