Malancha Cinema Follows Elite, Downs Shutters
Kolkata: Malancha cinema hall, a prominent theatre in Tollygunge, has downed shutters and has unofficially issued a closure notice to its employees. Actor-director Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam 2 was the last film to be screened at the theatre on 14 August.
Earlier in June, Elite theatre, once counted among the most prestigious cinema halls in the city, announced a closure, after its last show of Abhishek Sharma’s Parmanu on 31 May attracted only a handful of people.
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While an official statement is yet to be issued by the Malancha cinema hall authorities, sources informed, employees have been verbally communicated about the closure. They have been assured that all their dues will be cleared and adequate compensation would be paid.
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Owner of Malancha, Amar Roy Choudhury, told the media that the hall was running at a loss since the last few years. None visits single-screen theaters since people mostly go to multiplexes to watch a film. The electricity charges itself amounts to several lakhs, and with only a few visitors, running the hall became commercially unviable over the years. Roy Choudhury said, they still managed to run the theatre despite sustaining losses, but have now decided to shut it down.
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