GUWAHATI: The city’s one of the most popular movie theaters, the Anuradha Cineplex celebrated its golden jubilee ceremony on Wednesday with the screening of the premiere show of ‘Midnight Song’, the first Assamese movie to have been released after the COVID 19 pandemic.
The theatre was started by Phani Sharma and his wife Rina Sharma in 1971.
Sharma, who originally hailed from Machkhowa village of Dhakuakhana, Dhemaji, established the cinema hall with the hope to set up a steady business in the city. The construction of the movie theatre was completed by the end of 1970.
Assam’s chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal who attended the celebration said that completion of the cinema hall’s 50 years of the long journey was a matter of encouragement and enthusiasm for the cultural life of the state.
He said that even in the coming days, the state government would continue its unrelenting journey to enrich the cultural landscape of the state through several other proactive interventions.
Sonowal observed that in the wake of the COVID 19 pandemic, though exhibitions in the cinema halls were stopped, with the subsequent government interventions, the film industry in the state will resume its journey.
While enjoy viewing some portions of the premiere show of the movie ‘Midnight Song’, Sonowal while expressing his feelings said that after COVID 19 pandemic, the Assamese film industry has made a good start.
On the occasion, the cinema hall authorities remembered that the cinema hall could initially host 1132 people. While a first-class seat had cost 80 paise and the most expensive ‘special box seat’ was Rs. 3.60 then.
Even as a single screen theatre, the modern Anuradha Cineplex has adapted to almost every new technology. It was the first to adopt from print to digital form, the first to bring in Dolby Digital sound system in the state as well as 3D technology.