K.N. Murali Sankar
VIJAYAWADA: Have you ever visited AMC 30 theatres or Nova-8 theatres in Naperville? Never mind. You can enjoy a similar experience, of course on a smaller scale, in the city soon. Multiplex - a combination of several cinema screens, shops and eateries - is no longer a dream for denizens of Vijayawada.
While three companies are planning to construct multiplexes, management of a famous cinema theatre group in the city is making arrangements to convert its theatre complex into a multiplex. This complex is likely to be the first multiplex in the city which will be thrown open to audience in one year.
Management of Rambha, Urvasi and Menaka theatres has given shape to its plans to convert the theatre complex into a multiplex by adding one more screen to the existing three.
The theatres will be renovated totally. They will sport an elegant look with brand new furniture and a different mode of seating arrangement.
A wide parking place, spacious staircases, clean ambience and world-class sound and music systems will welcome people into the complex. Not only movie buffs, but shoppers too can visit the multiplex, as they will have their choicest shops under one roof.
"Our plan is to create the ambience of a five-star hotel in the multiplex. We will make necessary changes to the existing theatres including demolition of some portions and take up new constructions," says G. Viswanath, proprietor of the triplet theatres. He plans to invest Rs. 3 crores on the renovation.
Mr. Viswanath, who enjoys the privilege of having a group of theatres in one acre of land in the heart of the city, has decided to convert his theatres into a multiplex after visiting multiplexes in several countries.
The planning part has already been completed and the process of obtaining permissions from different Government departments is in progress. Besides Mr. Viswanath, city-based Laila Group proposes to construct a multiplex on Mahatma Gandhi Road.
The works have been commenced and the construction is likely to be completed in two years.
A Bangalore-based entertainment firm and an industrialist from the city are also planning to construct multiplexes.
Their plans, however, are still on the drawing board.