Friday, February 15, 2008


GANGTOK, February 14: For the movie freaks in the Capital, watching the latest Bollywood releases in the theatres may come with a heavier price tag.

Cinema Halls in the Capital-both Denzong and Vajra Cinema-will soon introduce new rates for movie tickets.

The price for executive berth has gone up to as high as Rs 110 from the existing Rs 70, and the Balcony rates will now be priced at Rs 85 from its earlier price at Rs 50. While the tariff for the rear circle stands at Rs 55 from Rs 30, the tickets for the front circle has been fixed at Rs 30.

The cinema hall operators in the Capital had last year asked the concerned State Department for a hike in the movie tickets citing rise in prices quoted from film distributors in Mumbai.

Acting on the request, the Urban Development and Housing Department had inspected the two cinema halls whether or not it fulfilled the necessary criterion ranging from proper and comfortable seating arrangements for the spectators to maintenance of cleanliness and hygiene within the premises of the hall to warrant a hike in ticket prices.

According to one of the officials at the entertainment tax division of the concerned department, during the course of inspection, it was discovered that the seat covers in the halls were torn and tattered and in some cases the chairs were found broken. The toilets also reflected a pathetic state of health and hygiene, he said.

Thereafter the cinema operators were instructed to renovate the existing infrastructures in the hall before the Department would consider a hike in the movie tickets prices.

In compliance with the instructions of the Department, Vajra Cinema recently underwent a massive renovation and upgradation of the hall and is all set to reopen tomorrow with better infrastructure and of course, a hike in the ticket prices. The Denzong Cinema will also soon follow suit.