Downtown

Another sad goodbye to a silver screen?

Curtains down: Thiru-Vi-Ka Road used to experience traffic snarls due to the rush at Pilot Theatre. Photo: R. Ragu   | Photo Credit: R_Ragu

The closed gates of Pilot Theatre have led to speculation about the future of the movie hall.

It has reportedly stopped screening films.

“The theatre is undergoing renovation and we stopped screening films two months ago. All that I can say is that the work is progressing very slowly,” said a staff, under condition of anonymity.

The proprietor of the theatre was not available for comments.

Residents and shopkeepers at stores around the theatre say they are unaware of any such work inside the compound wall.

They think it’s curtains for the cinema.

“Thiru-Vi-Ka High Road, especially the section near the theatre, used to experience traffic snarls. Ever since the multiplexes opened in the city, visitors to the theatre have dwindled,” says P. Rajan, who runs a petty store opposite the Theatre, for the last 30 years.

Inside the vast compound wall, a small clutch of four-wheelers are lying abandoned. The watchman of the theatre is still around.

Barricades have been placed, suggesting that the police station nearby is using it as a temporary parking lot.

Huge space for parking has been a highlight of Pilot Theatre. “Which other theatre has such spacious parking at the entrance?” says R. Karthik, an autorickshaw driver who has seen all of actor Vijay’s films at this hall.

Will the theatre open with an all-new look, a few months from now? Or, will it go the way of Melody Theatre, which stopped screening movies all of a sudden and was later demolished, all within a span of a few months this year?

These are the questions worrying film buffs who have pleasant memories of Pilot Theatre.


Our code of editorial values

Related Topics
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Sep 23, 2021 8:49:39 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/features/downtown/chennais-pilot-theatre-might-shut-doors/article6298591.ece

Next Story