Cinema halls in Pulwama, Shopian inaugurated by J-K's LG Sinha; every district soon to have theatrestext_fields
Srinagar: Manoj Sinha, the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, inaugurated a multipurpose theatre in each of the twin south Kashmir districts of Pulwama and Shopian on Sunday.
"A historic day for J&K UT! Inaugurated Multipurpose Cinema Halls at Pulwama and Shopian. It offers facilities ranging from a movie screening, infotainment and skilling of youth," he said
Students, youth and people from all walks of life gathered at the new cinema halls at Drussu Pulwama and MC Shopian to witness the event, an official spokesperson said.
"We will build such multipurpose cinema halls in every district of Jammu and Kashmir soon. Today, I dedicate such cinema halls to the youth of Pulwama and Shopian," Sinha told reporters in Pulwama.
Taking to Twitter, Sinha described the occasion as "historic".
These cinema halls have been established by the government's Mission Youth Department in collaboration with the respective district administrations.
The spokesperson said cinema halls in Anantnag, Srinagar, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Doda, Rajouri, Poonch, Kishtwar and Reasi will be inaugurated soon.
"The LG dedicated the cinema halls to the people, especially the youngsters, who have waited for a long time for this moment," he added.
Sinha shared the government's vision of similar multipurpose cinema halls in every district under Mission Youth.
Kashmir's first INOX multiplex in Srinagar's Somwar area will be thrown open to the public next week. It will have three movie theatres with a total capacity of 520 seats.
"Cinema is a powerful creative medium which reflects the culture, values and aspirations of the people. It opens the door to the world of knowledge, new discoveries and enables people to get a better understanding of each other's culture," Sinha said.
Jammu and Kashmir has a long association with the world of cinema, PTI inputs.
"The new film policy and facilities created have once again made the Union territory the favourite shooting destination and has brought back the golden era of film-making here," he added.
According to the LG, the new cinema halls will generate employment for locals and also provide a vibrant space for training the youth and conducting seminars.
The Valley had seen nearly a dozen stand-alone cinema halls functioning till the late 1980s, but they had to wind up businesses after two militant outfits threatened the owners.
Though authorities made attempts to reopen some of the theatres in the late 1990s, militants thwarted such efforts by carrying out a deadly grenade attack on Regal Cinema in the heart of Lal Chowk in September 1999.
Two other theatres -- Neelam and Broadway -- had opened their doors but had to down shutters due to poor response