The iconic Cauvery Theatre in Bengaluru finishes its superb operate

Cauvery theatre in Bengaluru.

Cauvery theatre in Bengaluru.
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A tiny about three months following celebrating its golden jubilee, the legendary Cauvery Theatre in Bengaluru has finished its superb operate. For outdated Bengalureans, who appreciated the visceral movie-seeing expertise amidst a packed crowd, the big solitary screen on Sankey Road, Palace Guttahalli, is a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 spot for motion picture fans throughout the prime of one screens. Curtains fell on the theatre on April 20, with two Hindi movies, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, and Maidaanbecoming the last two movies screened there. Work has started to make a commercial sophisticated in its spot.

A view of Cauvery Theatre in Bengaluru.

A perspective of Cauvery Theatre in Bengaluru.
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“I come to feel sad to shut it down but the collections have arrive down dramatically in the very last five a long time,” claimed Cauvery Theatre’s operator Prakash Narasimhaiah. He was carrying forward the legacy of his father, Narasimhaiah, who experienced designed the theatre 50 a long time in the past. “The OTT wave has killed single screens. People’s motion picture-looking at patterns have altered, and they wait for movies to appear on the net. This has been the circumstance given that the pandemic,” he rued.

Designed on an place of about 1.5 acres, Cauvery was acknowledged for its large parking room. With its unique circular structure, 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 most significant display in Karnataka. We opened with 1,384 seats in 1974, pretty much close to the seating ability of Kapali, which was one particular of Asia’s greatest solitary screens,” stated Prakash. “We renovated in 1995, and the seats arrived down to 1110.”

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With upgraded settings and very affordable selling prices of ₹100 (second course), ₹120 (mini balcony), and ₹150 (balcony), the theatre thrived in the multiplex age even as quite a few other one screens gave up the battle quicker than predicted. “For film fans from Mount Carmel and MES University, Cauvery was the sought-soon after theatre for large Hindi releases,” said Harish Mallya, a movie buff and consulting curator for the Bengaluru Intercontinental Film Pageant. Various significant Hindi and Tamil movies of Rajinikanth and Vijay experienced prolonged runs in the theatre. 

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

The seating facility and the massive display screen of Cauvery Theatre in Bengaluru
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“Cauvery had almost everything for a great one display. It had a huge screen, superior seats, and reasonably priced selling prices. Observing Darshan’s Roberrt (2021) with a jam-packed groupafter the pandemic-induced constraints have been lifted, will stay my favourite memory at Cauvery,” suggests Vijay Kalyana Raman, a movie buff from the town. 

“Dr Rajkumar’s Premada Kanike (1976) had a fantastic run. The Telugu musical, Sankarabharanam (1980), and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) ran for a lot more than 25 weeks at Cauvery,” reported Prakash. “Kamal Haasan’s Indian (1996) ran for 100 days and Kantara completed a 50-working day run below,” he added. After the likes of other legendary solitary screens this kind of 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 check out of Cauvery Theatre in Bengaluru.
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