Redefine your Movie plans

Sathyam Cineplex is becoming the most organized theatres, atleast in Chennai. Their web-site, which claims “The Queue is Dead” now has an additional feature (of course for an additional price).

You can select your seats. I have seen this in Adlabs – Mumbai. They ask your preference of seating, while booking the tickets. Now you can do that in Sathyam, through . Additional Rs.10 is charged for this.

Not just this. There’s more

We can also order our snacks, even at the time of booking. These food items will be delivered right at your seats, during the interval time. No need to wait in the Queue for that expensive pop-corn. (Its an irony.. we are paying too much ,and also suffer to get it..)

There is a wide range of food-items displayed on the site that we can choose from. Somehow i felt the e-Commerce is slowly hitting the common man. (IRCTC has already done that..)

12 Comments so far

  1. Sankar (unregistered) on April 25th, 2006 @ 6:06 pm

    It’s been several months since I have stood in line to book my movie tickets at Satyam. Ever since it was launched, I have made the max use of the site to book my tickets. It just reaffirms that Satyam multiplex is the best in the city as of now.

    But I feel that seat selection should not come at an extra price. We are already paying Rs5/ticket more for booking online. Another 10rs for seat selection is not fair. They don’t lose anything/much by allowing the users to select the seats. Hence I feel it should be free.

  2. vatsan (unregistered) on April 25th, 2006 @ 6:28 pm

    somehow i hate satyam, prefer the other theatres, they give u facilities but charge u extra, if all this was provided free id be happy, and the price differentials i don think are justified!!

  3. Lavanya (unregistered) on April 25th, 2006 @ 6:48 pm

    Personally speaking, I think Sathyam’s thecinema site is really useful and they are polite and prompt even when you collect tickets. Did not realize they offer snack choices as well – that’s real neat.

    @Vatsan – Well, Mayajaal beats Sathyam hands down in terms of pricing – that’s what is fleecing. To top it all, you would have shelled out at the ECR Toll booth too. Six Degrees is quite expensive I agree.

    I wonder why they don’t just offer a snack (selected options) and drink of your choice along with the ticket if you book online – it might be a nice perk to lure more people to use their online booking system.

  4. madhu (unregistered) on April 25th, 2006 @ 11:18 pm

    that is insane.. already they charge u 22222222222222222 much for tickets and i havent booked a ticket online for satyam in a while… 5 bucks extra and 10 more for choosing a seat…

  5. nandhu (unregistered) on April 26th, 2006 @ 2:09 am

    hey u all are commies.

    what’s wrong with a multiplex which really shows the best movies in town actually charging extra for extra facilities. if u wanna watch it cheap – may be the movie is not too good or something – then u can always watch it elsewhere. no one is forcing u. extra facilities cannot and wont come free. so let’s not get silly over that.

    if u guys havent noticed, there is something wrong with satyam. that is it’s budget seats. have u seen that queue at the back of the theatre. that looks like a dungeon. now guys oppose that. those guys who are paying too need not stand in a dungeon like queue. i know none of us do, but at least write about that. read about that and be aware of that.

    pls do crib about having to pay extra. besides the tickets are really not that expensive because the theatre is really that good, esp in the last five years.
    even six degree is good for the cost. it’s not fleecing. mayajaal does fleece. and devi sucks on a day with rush. satyam is anyday better.

  6. Nishanth (unregistered) on April 26th, 2006 @ 4:11 am

    The guy/gal who came up with the idea for ordering food while booking tickets needs a pat on the back.

    I think Abirami theatre was the first theatre in Chennai to start online booking and they also have SMS booking.

    Sathyam’s ticket prices are quite justified considering their quality of presentation,amenities and service.

  7. Keerthivasan (unregistered) on April 26th, 2006 @ 10:16 am


    You may be right. But you still have the option of letting the system choose your seats for free of charge. Atleast they let us free to choose the movies to watch :)

  8. Keerthivasan (unregistered) on April 26th, 2006 @ 10:23 am

    @Vatsan, Lavanya’s answered you :)

    @Lavanya, they are doing that, and thats what i’ve said. They are booked along with your ticket, online.

    @Madhu, we can call this exploitation. But there’s a convenience in it. :)

    @Nandhu, Im with you, Pal !

    @Nishanth, I remember the dialogue from Anbe Sivam.. “Panam Koduththaalum Service kidaikkadha naadu saar idhu.. thats india for you !!” :)

  9. wow (unregistered) on April 26th, 2006 @ 9:26 pm

    thanks. it was very useful article.

    How SMS booking works in abhirami theatre?

  10. Krithiga (unregistered) on April 27th, 2006 @ 4:48 pm

    To all those Sathyam Cinemas unbelievers – Sathyam has something called RDX! I was an unbeliever too. I saw a movie, first in RDX and in an ordinary screen. Naturally Sathyam RDX wins hands down in terms of technology. And the proximity is an added advantage over Mayajaal. For people like me, visiting Mayajaal would be like hitch-hiking the Galaxy, if you know what I mean.

  11. SamY (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 10:46 am

    IMHO satyam might be expensive … but expecting 15/20 buck ticket for such facility is unfair

    the best part about satyam is its streamlined and organized … way better than other theatres … from ticket booking to parking to food stuff (which I agree are exorbitantly priced)

    in other theatres like devi I’v seen cats n dog running in b/w seats … not to mention all the bugs in those creaky chairs

    if u guys hav been to DT cinemas n such u wudn’t crib so much … but over 100 bucks it does become a luxury … but hey!!! u can njoi these only when ur young … once u r hooked n havta tug a family along u’d proly crib even more :D

  12. ramesh (unregistered) on May 15th, 2006 @ 11:41 pm

    helloo pple, wen i was in coll, we pple used to bunk class and go to satyam and stand in the 10 rs queue. More than the movie we went in to beat the heat. We hav even seen back to back shows, “Hydrabad blues 2” and “spiderman 2”, if i can remembr. WoW!!! its an experience ther in the front rows. Its this beautiful blend of crowd in satyam that amazes me, its gt sumthin fr everybody. But the depressin part was wen we come out after the 2 back to back shows, we had to pay 10 + 10 for the bike parkin, wen the movie tickets itself cost us only 10 + 10. thats bad. neways enjoyed well…

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