After Regal, Delhi’s single screen theatre Shiela shuts down


Golcha cinema, another landmark in the city’s theatre history, has already shut down. There is speculation that it will be converted into a multiplex. Around 50 theatres in Delhi and UP have downed their shutters in the last decade. But it was not a major reason. We have a large plot and we are planning to have at least 10 screens,” he said. The plans for shutting the cinema were, however, on for a while,” he said. But we will take some time for that. “Had we screened the film, we would have been able to generate some revenue. We were running at a loss and it was getting difficult for us to maintain the
theatre,” Shiela Cinema owner Uday Kaushik told PTI. It was really a question of when we would shut down,” Kaushik said. It faced financial losses, compounded by not being given the rights to screen Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, which shattered records on it opening day. Several single screen halls in the city – including Plaza, Odeon, Sangam, Satyam and Rivoli now operate with multiple screens. Shiela’s closure comes a month after another iconic theatre, Regal, shut shop on March 30. The legendary theatre in central Delhi’s Paharganj, established in January 1961, was among the 65 theatres that had failed to get the rights to screen Baahubali 2. “There are many reasons such as high property tax, high entertainment tax and piracy. Kaushik said he was already looking forward to turning Shiela into a multiplex. But had Shiela got Baahubali, they might have been able to generate some revenue and continue for some time,” he said. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App now
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Published:April 29, 2017 8:51 pm

Delhi’s Shiela theatre shuts down after not getting rights to screen Baahubali 2
Fifty-six years after it was set up, Shiela downed its shutters yesterday. The last film it screened was the Hollywood hit The Fate of the Furious, which ran well, he added. Also read | Baahubali 2 actor Prabhas’ next film Saaho already a rage, teaser reaches 9 million views in 40 hours
“We want to turn Shiela into a multiplex. We have been shut since yesterday. But Sheila’s exit was quiet, unlike Regal’s grand closure, which saw a houseful theatre on its last day with the screening of actor-director Raj Kapoor’s films — Mera Naam Joker and Sangam. Kaushik said the closure was on the anvil, but Baahubali 2 might have given the hall a temporary lease of life. Film distributor Joginder Mahajan, who is the treasurer of the Motion Pictures Association in Delhi and UP, said several factors together led to the closure.