Guwahati: To boost the entertainment and education sector in the state, Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu on Thursday flagged off five ‘Mobile Digital Movie Theatres’.
The theatres are ready-to-assemble and easy-to-dismantle ‘theatres’ housed in mobile trucks. These theatres are also air-conditioned, fire-proof, and weatherproof.
In one go, the mobile trucks can seat as many as 150 people.
Taking to Twitter, the minister wrote, “With mobile digital movie theatre, people from rural areas and small town can experience the taste of world class movie theatres. Flagged off today 5 mobile theatre vans, run by Picture Times. Besides providing entertainment, it can also be used for educational purposes.”
CM Khandu informed that the project was conceived two years ago and budget provisions were kept for procurement of the mobile theatres and training of personnel to run them.
The mobile theatres are equipped with V-SATS that offer internet connectivity anywhere.
Khandu said as a pilot project, five mobile digital movie theatres have been procured by the Department of Information and Public Relations (IPR) which would be dispatched to five different districts.
According to reports, the five districts to have the first mobile theatres are Lower Subansiri, Kurung Kumey, Namsai, East Siang, and Tawang.
For the first three months, the theatres will be run by Picture Times. Meanwhile, local people will be trained, who will take over the theatres when the time comes.
The theatres would also be available for use by other departments like Health, Education, Agriculture, and Horticulture for their respective IEC campaigns in return for a minimal payment.