J&K LG inaugurates multiplex in Srinagar, city's first in 3 decades
Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Tuesday (September 20) inaugurated a multiplex in Srinagar, the city’s first in over three decades. During the inaugural ceremony, Sinha said cinemas would now open in every district of Jammu and Kashmir.
The INOX multiplex which has a total seating capacity of 520, is owned by a Kashmiri Pandit business family from Srinagar. The project took a total of five years for completion.
Inaugurated INOX multiplex theatre in Srinagar. Congratulations to the people, Sh. Vijay Dhar & INOX Group. A major Socio-economic revolution is sweeping through J&K in the last 3 years. It is reflection of a new dawn of hope, dreams, confidence and aspirations of people. pic.twitter.com/VhdiVTHhQw
— Office of LG J&K (@OfficeOfLGJandK) September 20, 2022
Lal Singh Chaddha, starring Aamir Khan, was screened during the inaugural show.
Cinema halls in Jammu and Kashmir had closed down in the 1990s with the onset of militancy. Though efforts for revival were made in 1999, with theaters like, Neelam, Regal and Broadway opening in Srinagar, the attack on Regal cinema which led to the death of one person, again led to a closure.
Vikas Dhar, owner of the multiplex, told the media that it is like a dream come true. “Regular shows will start from September 30, sitting in the cinema will be a new experience for movie buffs. We have installed state-of-the-art equipment. And it will all be a different experience from what it used to be 30 years ago in cinema halls in Kashmir,” he said.
LG Manoj Sinha had last week inaugurated multipurpose cinema halls in Pulwama and Shopian districts of Jammu and Kashmir.
Yesterday inaugurated Multipurpose Cinema Halls at Pulwama and Shopian. It offers facilities ranging from movie screening, infotainment and skilling of youth. pic.twitter.com/rsCzxgqNwL
— Manoj Sinha (@manojsinha_) September 19, 2022