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Heritage screen set for fun facelift

- Regent promises the world

Film lovers in the capital had more reason to cheer about on Thursday — their favourite Regent theatre turned Regent Fun Cinemas, promising a roller coaster ride in entertainment.

The brand, Fun Cinemas, which boasts of 81 screens at 23 locations across 19 cities, forayed into the state by taking over the 85-year-old Regent. The seating may have shrunk from 750 to 655 but definitely not the fun.

The theatre, which began its journey from Lady Stephenson Hall near Patna museum, now flaunts an improved sound system, luxurious pushback seats, 30 ushers, a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian snacks such as sandwiches and burgers apart from caramel popcorn.

“We are proud to take our heritage further and thank Fun Cinemas for adding the new dimension to Regent. We have put in a lot of effort with technology. We are equipped with the latest BARCO digital projectors, 3D technology and Dolby Surround sound output. I am sure we would become even stronger,” said Suman Kumar Sinha, the chairman and managing director of Regent Theatre Pvt. Ltd.

The theatre was started to stage plays in 1928 but in 1929, it shifted to the present site under the name, Palace of Varieties, because apart from silent movies, it also hosted plays. Alam-Ara the first Indian film with soundtrack, was screened at Regent.

The pocket pinch would be in the range of Rs 80 to Rs 180.

“We are delighted to take control of the affairs at such a historic property and are confident that we would improve it further. The interiors have been upgraded. There will be three classes of tickets — silver, gold and platinum — with not much change in ticket prices. All classes of people can experience the value for money it would offer,” said Anand Vishal, senior vice-president, operation and sales, Fun Cinemas.

The new innings would open with four shows of the Shahid Kapoor-Sonakshi Sinha-starrer R…Rajkumar and Hunger Games: Catching Fire dubbed in Hindi.

Asked about curbing black marketing of tickets, Vishal said: “We would observe zero tolerance on such practice. If any of our employee is found involved in it, strict action would be taken against him.”