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Pop-eyed in plush plex three
- Dual-screen cinema Popkorn to regale capital cine-goers after Diwali

Jamshedpur and Dhanbad can go green with envy, entertainment in Ranchi is all set to go psychedelic soon.

Popkorn, the capital’s third — and arguably the most “homelike” — multiplex is all set to debut at the five-storey Galaxia mall, newly built on an acre on Ratu Road, with a bouquet of Bollywood blockbusters after Diwali.

The sprawling movie hub — 10,000sqft floor area for its two screens alone — promises to be a paradise for cine buffs and gourmets alike with an integrated VIP lounge and gold class, and a 5,000sqft food court.

A play zone for children will ensure that parents can remain glued to their comfortable seats till the movie ends. The complex also has 20,000sqft parking lot for more than 100 vehicles at any given time.

Proprietor Vikram Shahdeo said since Ranchi already had two multiplexes (Eylex and Glitz), they decided to make comfort and class their USP. “We have recliner sofas and seats in one screen. The idea is to relax and rewind,” he said.

Popkorn, designed by Mumbai-based architect Sanjay Puri, who has Hotel Capitol Hill and Hotel Capitol Residency to his credit, has a capacity of 480 in its two screens. The gold class has 20 luxury leather seats and 240 reclining seats, all fitted with bells for a paid popcorn service. The standard class has 220 non-reclining seats.

Notably, the three-screen Glitz crowning the nine-storey JD High Street Mall on Main Road has a seating capacity of 750 while Eylex, the state’s first multiplex, can regale 324 at a time.

Divulging ticket prices at Popkorn, Shahdeo said: “You can catch a movie in gold class for Rs 200-300. For the standard screen, you only pay between Rs 80 and Rs 120, the same as other multiplexes.”

The plex is currently in the process of getting its entertainment licence from the government. “We expect it within 15 days. The multiplex will be opened to public after Diwali,” the proprietor confirmed.

While Ranchi is raising three cheers, steel city Jamshedpur and coal town Dhanbad have only one plush plex each. The triple-screen Eylex in Mango was inaugurated before Durga Puja and has a seating capacity of 848. Dhanbad’s lone multiplex Fame in Govindpur Road was opened in 2008 and has four screens for 996 people.

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