Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce has volunteered to undertake the construction of over 1,000 mini cinema halls across the State on the condition that the Government extend support on a par with projects launched in the tourism and industrial sectors.

The newly elected president of KFCC, Basanthkumar Patil, told presspersons here on Wednesday that there was an urgent need to construct mini cinema halls that could accommodate 300 to 400 audiences for the expanding Kannada cinema market. The KFCC has adequate manpower and infrastructure to construct over 1,000 mini cinema halls within 18 months if the Government supports it with a subsidy and tax holiday which has been extended to the tourism and industrial projects. The new executive committee of the KFCC met Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa recently and broached the subject. It discussed issues pertaining to the development of the Kannada cinema industry. Assuring the Government's support for Kannada cinema, Mr. Yeddyurappa asked the KFCC to submit a comprehensive blue print for the purpose, Mr. Patil said. He said that Kannada cinema producers had been struggling to find a place for indoor shooting as the Kanteerava Film Studios had rented out its floors for television serials. The increase in the number of productions require another four floors. If the Government could lease out land for the purpose, the KFCC would construct all the floors within six months, he added.