Mysuru: Covid-19 pandemic that has wreaked havoc irrespective of sectors, has been snatching the joy of watching films on big screen like never before.
Many single screen theatres in the city have already shut shop, and in the last few months, two have stopped screening, with another in the line. If rumours are to be believed, Saraswati talkies on Kantharaja Urs road in Saraswatipuram is also going off screen.
Reasons aplenty, with pandemic induced situation that saw the theatres closed for close to six months in a row, topping the pathetic story of the film exhibitors. Though there was a sign of bouncing back like a hero on screen, with the government permitting screening with 50 per cent seating capacity, it was not all that rosy given the huge gap between revenue and expenditure. Most importantly, the government least bothered to lend them a helping hand.
A famous land mark theatre Saraswathi will be joining the list of other theatres like Shantala, Lakshmi and Sri Nagaraja that met a similar fate only recently.
Unlike most of the theatres in the city, Saraswathi theatre with 750-seating capacity boasted of unique features like a straight walk to the balcony, without taking the strenuous stairs inside like others, lower class in what we call as cellar in today’s parlance, split seating arrangements in different rows and most importantly, abundant parking capacity.
As it closely connected to K G Koppal in the immediate neighbourhood, it was a go to place for youths who were looking for entertainment. A perfect mass appeal.
Located in eastern part of the city, it was the only single screen theatre in that side, that attracted cine goers even as the new Mysuru grew beyond the ghetto of K G Koppal, which has now reached up to outer-ringr road passing through Kuvempunagar, Ramakrishna Nagar, Vivekananda Nagar to name a few.
The management was keen on screening new releases with the posters firmly adorning the cement boards facing the main road, signalling the change in films every Friday. The day when new films hit screens.
The timing of screening was also different that suited college goers to office goers- morning show at 12 noon, matinee at 2 pm, first show at 5 pm and late show at 8 pm.
Like any other theatres, Saraswati also has the pride of screening films of Dr Rajkumar, Vishnuvardhan, Ananthnag, Ravichandran, Ambarish, Punith Rajkumar Shivarajkumar and Darshan Thugudeepa, Yash, Rakshith Shetty and so on.
Mysuru theatre owners association President M R Rajaram said “it’s another shocking development for movie lovers.”
– Team Mysoorunews