Pallavi Theatre, one of the well-maintained single screen theatres in Bangalore, is all set to become a history soon. If everything goes as per plan, Pallavi Theatre will halt screening of films on December 26.
Pallavi Theatre, situated opposite to Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, has been a favourite destination for cine buffs for more than 37 years. It was inaugurated by Kannada matinee idol late Rajkumar on March 5, 1976. Rajkumar’s evergreen film Premada Kanike happened to be the inaugural screening film at the theatre. It has the privilege of attracting artistes such as Rajkumar, B Saroja Devi, Vishnuvardhan and many others. Prithviraj Kapur and Madhubala starer Mughal-E-Azam was successfully screened for 25 weeks at this theatre.
“It was the repeat screening of that film. Many consider watching at Pallavi Theatre as a luxury those days,’’ recalls C Basavaraju, who has been working as ticket booking clerk for the last 37 years.
Recalling the generosity of the management, Basavaraju had recalled how the proprietor had provided one month training at other theatre for him. “I am not able to digest the news about the closure of Pallavi theatre. I am grateful to the management for being kind to me all these years,’’ said Basavaraju.
Many cine buffs, who love to watch quality films, had an opportunity to watch films such as Mother India (Hindi), Nayagan, Padayappa, Mahanadhi, Apoorva Sahodaragal, Avvai Shanmukhi (Tamil), Shankarabharanam, Premabhisekam, Siri Vennela, Annamayya. “We have screened around 400 films of various languages in 37 years. I have been working here for the last 23 years. Prior to joining Pallavi, I was working at Shivaji Theatre,’’ said H Seshadri, manager. As of now, Pon Vasantham, a Tamil film, is being screened and it would be the last one in the history of Pallavi Theatre.
According to KR Prabhu, one of the partners of Pallavi Theatre, the management plans to demolish the theatre to make way for a 10-floor multi-specialty hospital. “We are in talks with Columbia Asia and Manipal hospitals in this regard. We are yet to finalise the deal,’’ said Prabhu.
Pallavi Theatre is joining the list of theatres such as Alankar, Bharath, Elgin, Galaxy, Geethanjali, Geetha, Kalpana, Lakshmi, Minerva, Shree that became a history.