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Wednesday , May 15 , 2013
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Oldest hall ready for Jawaani

- Elphinstone postpones re-opening to May 31

Fans of Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone would be able to catch the youthful adventures of the stars in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani at the oldest cinema in Patna later this month.

The film, directed by Ayan Mukerji and produced by Karan Johar, is slated for release on May 31. Elphinstone — the oldest cinema in town — would re-open after renovation on that day.

Earlier, the cinema, which was shut for an overhaul in December 2010, was supposed to open on May 17, with Arjun Kapoor-starrer Aurangazeb.

“We had planned to open the cinema on May 17 but several fabrication and electrical installation work is left to be done. So, we have decided to postpone the opening to May 31,” said Sharad Kumar, manager (accounts), Elphinstone Picture Palace.

Established in 1919, it was initially called Madan Theatre, after screening pioneer Jamshedji Madan. Its name was changed in 1929.

In its new avatar, Elphinstone has a four-storeyed building. The first and the second floors would have food court with a seating capacity for 150 to 200 people.

“We are negotiating with a leading food company to manage the eatery. We would announce the name after the deal is confirmed,” said Kumar.

Besides Elphinstone, another popular cinema destination in the city — Mona — would also re-open on May 31. It has been closed for a month for maintenance.