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Iconic Kolkata single-screens Priya Cinema, Menoka indefinitely shuttered over low footfall – Entertainment News , Firstpost

Priya Cinema and Menoka in south Kolkata suspended all reveals indefinitely from 20 November, citing a scarcity of massive releases and ‘only a few individuals’ coming to theatres.

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Citing low viewers turnout as the rationale, a number of common single-screen cinema halls in Kolkata, which resumed enterprise mid-October, have now determined to convey down the shutters and wait until the scenario improves.

The iconic Priya Cinema in south Kolkata has mentioned that it’ll droop all reveals indefinitely from 20 November “as very few people are watching shows amid the pandemic.”

“The situation is not very encouraging at this juncture. We can’t run the show with such low audience count. Electricity charges and recurring establishment charges have to be paid. We have to wait till the situation improves… cannot specify a time frame,” Arijit Dutta, the proprietor of Priya Cinema, informed Press Trust of India on Friday.

There has not been any large launch of late to attract the cinemagoers, Dutta mentioned.

“One big banner Bengali release in Christmas won’t be able to salvage the situation. We need more content-rich films that have the capacity to draw audience,” Dutta mentioned.

Satadeep Saha, a distinguished movie distributor and one of many homeowners of Ajanta cinema, rued that some reveals had simply 4 to 5 individuals in attendance.

“From screening Sushant Singh Rajput films to latest puja releases featuring Bengali stars, we tried every means, but could not run any film after a week. At times, a show was attended by not more than four-five people. Together, the number of viewers on a day didn’t go beyond 25-30,” he mentioned.

Saha mentioned he had info that three different single screens below his distribution chain would additionally cease performing from Friday.

Another well-known single-screen theatre within the metropolis, Menoka, additionally introduced that it will droop reveals from 20 November, given the poor turnout.

Several cinema halls within the metropolis and its suburbs are, nevertheless, taking part in Soumitra Chatterjee-starrer Sanjhbati, as a tribute to the legendary actor, who died on 15 November.

Leena Gangopadhyay, the director of the movie, mentioned, “Our decision to release the film again has not been prompted by business reasons. It is our tribute to Soumitrada.”

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