The iconic Cauvery Theatre in Bengaluru finishes its superb operate

Cauvery theatre in Bengaluru.
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A minimal more than 3 weeks following celebrating its golden jubilee, the legendary Cauvery Theatre in Bengaluru has ended its superb run. For old Bengalureans, who enjoyed the visceral film-viewing experience amidst a packed group, the big one display screen on Sankey Road, Palace Guttahalli, is a sepia-tinted memory now.

Opening with the Dr. Rajkumar starrer Bangarada Panjara on January 11, 1974, Cauvery Theatre grew to become a preferred place for movie enthusiasts through the prime of one screens. Curtains fell on the theatre on April 20, with two Hindi flicks, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, and Maidaanbecoming the previous two films screened there. Operate has begun to develop a business complex in its put.

A view of Cauvery Theatre in Bengaluru.

A check out of Cauvery Theatre in Bengaluru.
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“I feel unhappy to shut it down but the collections have come down considerably in the previous 5 several years,” claimed Cauvery Theatre’s operator Prakash Narasimhaiah. He was carrying ahead the legacy of his father, Narasimhaiah, who had designed the theatre 50 a long time ago. “The OTT wave has killed single screens. People’s motion picture-looking at habits have modified, and they wait for films to come on the net. This has been the case due to the fact the pandemic,” he rued.

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Constructed on an spot of all around 1.5 acres, Cauvery was regarded for its large parking area. With its one of a kind circular style and design, Cauvery was the only theatre, apart from Abhinay (at BVK Iyengar Road) and Tribhuvan (shut in 2016) to have a mini balcony. “Cauvery had the largest display screen in Karnataka. We opened with 1,384 seats in 1974, just about shut to the seating potential of Kapali, which was a person of Asia’s most significant one screens,” stated Prakash. “We renovated in 1995, and the seats arrived down to 1110.”

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With upgraded options and cost-effective prices of ₹100 (2nd course), ₹120 (mini balcony), and ₹150 (balcony), the theatre thrived in the multiplex age even as numerous other solitary screens gave up the fight faster than anticipated. “For film fans from Mount Carmel and MES University, Cauvery was the sought-soon after theatre for large Hindi releases,” claimed Harish Mallya, a film buff and consulting curator for the Bengaluru Worldwide Movie Festival. Quite a few large Hindi and Tamil videos of Rajinikanth and Vijay experienced long runs in the theatre. 

The seating facility and the huge screen of Cauvery Theatre in Bengaluru

The seating facility and the enormous monitor of Cauvery Theatre in Bengaluru
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“Cauvery experienced every little thing for a fantastic one display. It experienced a big display screen, superior seats, and reasonably priced price ranges. Watching Darshan’s Roberrt (2021) with a jam-packed groupright after the pandemic-induced limits had been lifted, will remain my favorite memory at Cauvery,” suggests Vijay Kalyana Raman, a film buff from the town. 

“Dr Rajkumar’s Premada Kanike (1976) experienced a superior run. The Telugu musical, Sankarabharanam (1980), and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) ran for additional than 25 weeks at Cauvery,” explained Prakash. “Kamal Haasan’s Indian (1996) ran for 100 days and Kantara completed a 50-day run in this article,” he additional. Right after the likes of other legendary one screens such as Kapali, Pallavi, Sagar, Tribhuvan, and Everest, the demonstrate is in excess of now at Cauvery.

A view of Cauvery Theatre in Bengaluru.

A watch of Cauvery Theatre in Bengaluru.
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A view of Cauvery Theatre in Bengaluru.

A see of Cauvery Theatre in Bengaluru.
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