Staff Reporter

The number approximately works out to 28,000 tickets in State

Private agency has been entrusted with the taskMove to mean more revenue to GovernmentIt would also significantly check black-marketing

HYDERABAD: Half the tickets in an estimated 700 theatres State-wide will be made available online very soon.

The number approximately works out to 28,000 tickets at an average of 400 in each of the `A' class and functional movie halls in Andhra Pradesh. A private agency has been entrusted with the task of having computers and the server network.

Convenience

Andhra Pradesh State Film, Television and Theatre Development Corporation chairman G. Adiseshagiri Rao on Saturday announced that the move would mean convenience to the movie-goer and more revenue to Government while it would also significantly check black-marketing.

Interestingly, a Government Order issued on March 10, 2006 awarded the contract to M/s. Galaxy Entertainers Pvt. Ltd. Asked why it was not revealed to the media, Mr. Rao said, "the media did not ask, so we did not tell." He reiterated the move was in the best interest of movie-buffs and Government in terms of additional revenue.

On the modalities, Mr. Rao said the theatre managements would be informed about particulars of tickets sold online, with an additional service of Rs. 6 per ticket, two hours before each show.