The sorry state of Devi Theatres
Yesterday evening me and couple of friends decided to go for a Tamil movie. It was almost 8pm in the evening and I checked with Sathyam Cinemas only to find all shows full. We actually had no particular movie in mind. We decided to head straight to Devi theatre complex as I was quite confident that we would get tickets, if not over the counter, atleast in black.
There were four movies running. 23 Pulikesi, Uyir, Naalai and Thullara Vayasu. All were running to packed houses and the counters displayed “House Full”. Just outside the counter there were atleast 10 different people doing brisk business selling tickets in black. Each of them had atleast 75-100 tickets. One wonders if this is ploy by the theatre management itself. We paid Rs. 70 for a Rs.40 ticket for Uyir which was screening at Devi Bala, which is in the basement. The maintenance is zilch, the seats very bad and the whole place stinks. During intermission, despite a “No smoking” sign, people took no notice of that. The whole corridor was filled with smoke, reminded me of “Bhogi”. It looked so dangerous. Had there been a fire caused at that point, all of us I’m sure would have been history. Devi Kala is equally bad. Devi & Devi Paradise only slightly better.
All this in a theatre complex which until 10 years ago, was the city’s pride. Will the management wake up and match up to the Sathyam Cinemas and other multiplexes coming up in the city?