On this occasion, Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha said… these are multi-purpose cinemas, where apart from movies, there will be facilities for information and skill development of the youth. He revealed that multiplexes will be opened in every district of Jammu and Kashmir soon. The Governor mentioned that these cinema theaters are being dedicated to the youth. Does the government want to send any message? Responding to the question, Sinha said, “There is no such thing. This is a program undertaken by Mission Youth under the leadership of Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary.”
“Inauguration of multi-purpose cinema halls in Pulwama and Sofian is a historic day for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. These are multi-purpose cinema halls. Along with movies, there are facilities for information and skill development of the youth,” he tweeted.
RRR was shown in one theater and Bhaag Milka Bhaag in another. Till the 1980s there were cinema halls in the Kashmir Valley. The owners closed them due to warnings from two terrorist organizations. After 10 years, they tried to reopen but were threatened for the second time. In 1999, terrorists blew up the Regal Theater in Lalchowk, the heart of Srinagar. Later, Neelam and Broadway theaters were opened but they had to be closed as no audience came.
The silver screen is going to shine again. The first Inox multiplex to be built in Srinagar’s Somwar area is slated to open on Tuesday. It has three theaters with a capacity of 520 seats. They are going to start with Lal Singh Chadha’s movie. Once upon a time Kashmir used to be a heaven for shooting. The government hopes to bring a new film policy to restore that glory.