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Kapali in Demolition List

IndiaGlitz [Thursday, October 03, 2013]

One the prestigious single screens with 1465 seats at the hub of film activity locality in Gandhingar situate don Subedar Chatram road Kapali theatre is in the list of demotion.

Kapali theatre started in mid 60's that acquired the status of first Cinerama theatre in Asia (this was installed in 1968) is referred as 'Go down' is recognized as Kannada theatre although it screened Hindi and English films in the past.

The Kapali theatre demolition is discussed strongly and one of the family members Ravi Dasappa who came for 50 days event of 'Silk...Sakkath Hot Maga' confirmed the razing of the mega building. According to sources in the market the land value is estimated from 80 to 100 crores. No need to say a multiplex is coming up at this place.

The first Kannada film screened at Kapali theatre was 'Matheya Maha Mandira' starring Dr KS Ashwath. The first Kannada film to run for 100 days at this theatre is 'Mannina Maga' of Dr Rajakumar in Geethapriya direction.

Kapali theatre faced the major disturbance when adjacent Gangaram Building collapsed resulting in closure of theatre. Nearly 123 persons died from the Gangaram Building collapse on 12th of September 1983. The building collapse partially damaged the Kapali theatre screen. Kapali theatre was closed for quite some time.

In a few furlongs distance to Kapali theatre a number of theatres were demolished in the past. Kino very close to Kapali was demolished in the last year. Geethanjali, Central, Swasthik, Geetha, Majestic, Alankar, Prabhat, Kalpana, Sagar, Himalaya, Kempe Gowda theatres are in the pages of history in the wake of multiplex culture growing rampant.

With such bleak prospects to single screens in nook and corner of the country, senior director of Kannada cinema SV Rajendra Singh Babu put forward a proposal for setting up of 400 single screens in different parts of Karnataka.


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