Soon, the vacant single screen theatres or theatres on the verge of closing in Delhi may soon get a new life if the State government agrees to use them for holding coaching classes.
The National Association of Motion Picture Exhibitors (NAMEP) has approached Delhi’ Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal with suggestion to use such cinema halls for education purpose. Baijal has referred the matter to Delhi Government chief secretary MM Kutty to devise a feasible way out.
According to the association, the current definition of has a ‘restrictive’ definition of cinema halls which says that only productions by cinematographers will be allowed to be screened. This is contrary to the guidelines.
According to the Delhi Cinematograph Rules 2008, cinema halls are restricted to screen the productions only by the cinematographers which is contrary to the guidelines laid down— prior to 2008 amendments — that considered theatres as auditoriums.
“Right from the time cinema halls were constructed in the Capital, they were seen as prosceniums that showed not only movies and documentaries but also hosted talks, lectures and symposiums. Since 2008, they limited the use of halls for only movies,” said NAMEP secretary Shashank Raizada.
The NAMEP’s objective behind approaching the government is to open these theatres for public as single screens are getting affected adversely due to rise in mall culture.
“They can be used to hold classes for competitive examinations during the morning show times. Not only single screen, a lot of multiplexes do not have morning shows at times and they too can be utilised constructively and help owners earn some revenue,” Raizada added.
“The government needs to redefine the definition of auditorium as mentioned in the 2008 rules. It should be made more inclusive so that single screen theatres that are lying neglected can get some business,” he said.