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The leading entertainment corporation, INOX forayed into the world of cinema theaters and introduced the concept of 'movie-watching' as an experience complete with luxury and comfort in India. The long booking lines were soon replaced with online booking and phone booking services and some outlets even offer home delivery of tickets. Simple chairs made way for plush reclining comfy and cozy chairs. You no longer have to queue up for samosas and soft-drinks, all you need to do is place an order and the staff will serve it to you. The Bollywood crazy Indians, that await every Friday for the new movies to release and eagerly book the tickets in advance, liked this new concept and it became an instant hit amongst the youngsters. It has nearly 29 multiplexes and 105 screens in 20 cities all over the nation. In West Bengal and Assam, it took over the famous brand '89 Cinemas'. Though taken over, locals still refer it as 89 Cinemas. This particular multiplex, located in Salt Lake city, is modern and suave as the other Inox cinemas. After watching a show, if you still want to continue having fun, there is direct entry from within to Swabhmui Shopping Complex. Apart from the regular dose of Hindi movies, it also screens regional movies and Hollywood flicks. So do catch the latest hit at 89 Cinema.
Situated Near Hati Bagan Crossing, Star Theatre has rich history behind it. Along with the Minerva Theatre, Star Theatre is a pioneer in commercial Bengali Theatre. It is also one the first theaters, where the first Bengali motion picture was screened. Now over a hundred years old, Start Theatre is synonymous with culture in the city. Besides hosting plays, concerts and a variety of cultural events, this 514-seat theater also screens the latest Bengali films and other exponents of world cinema. Treat your taste-buds at 'Sandhya Tara', the delightful rooftop restaurant at Star. When in Kolkata this is place is a must visit! Call ahead for reservations.
Kolkata's Minerva Theatre serves as a major city landmark. Established in the year 1893, it replaced the former Great National Theatre. The theatre's debut act featured the adaptation of legendary Shakespearean novel 'Macbeth.' Over the years, it changed ownership several times. Post damage caused by a 1922 fire, it was remodeled and thrown open for theatrical acts. It also remains famous as one of those iconic views that screened the state's first ever motion picture.
All over India, the rising number of multiplexes have made it impossible for the traditional 'cinema' concept to continue existing. However, Priya Cinema manages to retain its old family cinema avatar, and still stay popular amongst the youngsters of the city. Situated on Rash Behari Avenue, right next to Deshapriya Park, the entrance to the one-screen theater is always packed with families and students alike. The theater has adapted itself to modern technology, and the sound and picture quality is just as good as any multiplex. Apart from a number of Bengali movies, it also screens movies from Hollywood and Bollywood. Comfortable seats, a good food court and highly affordable ticket prices make this quite a popular choice and a nostalgic experience too.
Part of the BIG cinemas chain of multiplexes, RDB Cinemas offers a film experience that few others in the city can match. Conveniently located in the bustling Salt Lake neighborhood, this is where you can catch all of the latest Hollywood and Bollywood releases, along with a few regional films. Its modern projection and digital sound systems immerses viewers into the world of film and offers an enjoyable cinema experience.