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Showing shortly... multiplexes kissing Delhi

Photo: Shanker Chakravarty.

SILVER SCREEN IN SUN CITY: A new multiplex being readied for cinelovers at Indirapuram near East Delhi.

MUSHROOMING IS not good, they say. But mushrooming is must, to bring the best out of the worst, they agree too! Whether this mushrooming trivialises entertainment or not, but it is happening in Delhi in a big way. Barely did we breathe a sigh of wow, watching M2K at Rohini and 3C'S at Lajpat Nagar, that we have more cineplexes in multiplexes coming up at Noida and Indirapuram in Ghaziabad, a stone's throw from the Delhi border.

Take a breath. The Indirapuram multiplex is claimed to be India's second largest. Built by Shipras Estates Private Limited, the mutiplex that is resting on national highway, is built across 4,500 sq metres. It boasts of water park convention facility, a five-star and other features to make it the "country's second largest destination mall" as Satish Dhawan from Shipra puts it.

It is likely to have a three-screen cinema hall with 1250 seating capacity. But interestingly, it is divided into three halls a capacity of 250, 350 and 600. Besides what they tell you - large pillars and huge, air-conditioned atrium of 100 meters, the screen has a system of looping. "The system will help the audience watch the same film in three cinema halls at the multiplex at one go depending upon the demand," informs Dhawan.


The three halls are located adjacent to each other. One hall will show one film at a time but if demand for a film goes up, it can be shown simultaneously in the other hall. The halls, located on the third floor, boast of "best three-dimensional acoustics, which are well designed and new camera projector and equipments that help looping a film to another hall in 20 seconds through another projector.

Those interested in having a munch during the film have concession stands to go for as well as major food brands in the multiplex. The admission rates? Well, they say it will be lower than the rates in Delhi.

RANA A. SIDDIQUI

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