100 metres in 4500 seconds

That’s right. I am not talking about any race that I participated in. Caus at that pace even a tortoise would have comfortably beaten me. This was how long I had to wait outside the gate of Satyam Theatre yesterday night to go park my car. I reached the theatre around 9.15pm as I hadn’t bought tickets. As usual there was no plan, as to which movie we were heading to. I drive past the Noodle House and come near the gate, when the staff asks me to go take a u-turn and join the queue. I oblige and do that in a couple of minutes. My car was the 3rd from the gate. And the gate was closed. And suddenly, it started pouring gutters. Man, I haven’t seen raining this hard in Chennai for a while now. We waited patiently. 10 minutes. 20 minutes. A staff passes by, I roll down my windows and check with him. He tells me that they are waiting for the parking lot to get cleared as the previous show got over and promised that we will be right inside in 5 minutes. 20 minutes later, I was still stuck in the same god damn position though the main parking lot was empty by then. It was 10pm already.

Thank god, a cousin spootted me and had bought tickets for me. Just when things are about to move, a guy approaches from the opposite direction, slides his car right between us to make things only worse. Being the nice guy I’m, I give way to his hurried idiot and inch forward. We are inside the theatre complex finally. Still pouring. To my right was veteran actor T. Rajendar standing for his car to arrive. After another 5 minutes here we are at the mouth of the parking lot. The whole place is empty, but still we are made to wait there. A traffic policeman is also there and showering the choicest tamil words on theatre staff for causing this huge jam on the road. And at 10.35pm, finally I parked my car. Luckily the movie started only at 10.50pm, so we were sorta comforted. But this is bad traffic management from Satyam. They better get their act together. And like Vatsan said, it was Bad Corporate Ethics as my movie was at Subham and I perfectly agree with him on the state of the theatre.

11 Comments so far

  1. Keerthivasan (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 7:17 pm

    I disagree with Vatsan partially. Bike parking isnt much of a problem in Sathyam as comapred to other theatres.

    Nother Question.. Which other theatre has so much of parking space for cars ?

  2. Keerthivasan (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 7:17 pm

    I disagree with Vatsan partially. Bike parking isnt much of a problem in Sathyam as comapred to other theatres.

    Nother Question.. Which other theatre has so much of parking space for cars ?

  3. Sankar (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 10:02 pm

    Satyam multiplex is the best theatre in chennai… no doubt about it.
    But their parking is pathetic especially in weekends. They have to do something about it. The best way to go to satyam is by auto… no tension… just two weeks back, i had the same experience. I went around an hr back to the theatre. I had also booked the tickets online. But when I reached my seats, it was 10 mins past the showtime… thats the amount of time it took me to park my car…

    @Keerthi… I accept that no other theatre offers that much parking space… but no other theatre has 6 movies running simultaneously… so that has to be taken into consideration.

  4. sathish (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 10:16 pm

    I think Satyam guys should buy up the small shops that adjoin the main entrance to the theatre and demolish them. This will give space for cars to enter the premises quickly and avoid jamming the road.

  5. Sudha (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 11:19 pm

    Hi, can anyone post a pic of Sathyam theatre? Its been years since I went there. I’m curious as to what it looks like now. Thanks!

  6. G V Balasubramanian (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 11:27 pm

    This picture of Sathyam Complex was taken a year back :


  7. rads (unregistered) on August 15th, 2006 @ 1:47 am

    lol@your dilemma.Sometimes it’s a burden to own a vehicle.
    that pic in flicker – I was in chennai last August, and that was the exact set of movies running there. We saw all o ’em :-))) am betting the 1st pic with an R ending is ‘sarkar’

    nice place, too crowdy.

  8. B a l a j i (unregistered) on August 15th, 2006 @ 7:39 am

    I faced a similar problem recently. I spoke to the parking staff abt this. They said the number of vehicles have increased manifold in the last 3 months and they are yet to device a method to handle this increase.

    The sooner they do it, the better. Its a big turn off

  9. keerthi (unregistered) on August 15th, 2006 @ 8:13 am

    the parking for ur active might be easy, but the gab between two rows isnt wide enough for a bullet, and my cross bar keeps gettin stuck between biked parked on either side.

    but in sangam/abirami/devi (even though car park is hell) for bigger bikeslike mine, they allocate a seperate area, which makes my life easier. sathyam is nothing but an arrogant monopolist

  10. G V Balasubramanian (unregistered) on August 15th, 2006 @ 5:59 pm

    You are right RADS. Another shot of Sathyam Cinemas


  11. rads (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 9:40 am

    aha!! *grin* :))

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