Sathyam Cinemas – Online Reservation, An Update
This is a follow up to my earlier post on “Sathyam Cinemas – Online Reservation” http://chennai.metblogs.com/archives/2006/09/sathyam_cinemas_online_reserva.phtml
Recently I logged into www.thecinema.in for buying tickets for MOZHI at Screen Santham. Tickets were not available for Saturday and Sunday. Decided to buy tickets for Monday (19032007) which was a holiday for “Ugadi”
Elite tickets were full and decided to go for Premium Tickets which costed Rs 75/- per ticket. There is a service charge of Rs 5/- per ticket. (I got a feeling that the tickets costed less. In the ticket I saw that the movie is Tax Free. I believe the State Government is exempting from payment of Tax if the movie title is in Tamil)
The system asked me whether I wanted to select the seats and there is a charge of Rs 10/- per seat for selecting the seat. I allowed the system to select the seats (Penny wise and Pound foolish – which I realized later) and I was allotted Q 16 to 20. Proceeded to the payment gateway and I paid Rs 400/- for 5 tickets through credit card. The system gave a reference no in very small letters. I noted down the number which was in very small font. Not confident of having noted down the number correctly I also asked my daughter to note down the number. The system has sent a mail to my gmail id and the number in the e mail was totally a different number than what me and my daughter noted (wrongly) from the computer screen.
Armed with a printout of the e mail, on the appointed day, I went to the counter called WINDOW in Sathyam Cinema. I gave the number to the lady sitting in the counter. After feeding the number into the system, she asked the cardholder name. On verifying the name I gave, with the system, she gave me the computer printouts of the tickets. No waiting in the Q and everything happened very fast.
Entering the theatre with Premium tickets, I was looking for the seats in the back rows. The attendant took me to towards the screen and the Q row is 5th row from the screen. Leaving three rows for Elite, the balance rows are all Premium class. I watched the movie from Q row as one would look upto see a skyscraper or a temple gopuram. I would have been wiser by paying Rs 10/- per ticket extra and selected a comfortable seat than allowing the system to allot seats in the Q row.
Watching the movie in Sathyam Cinema was a pleasant experience and nothing to complain about the acoustics or airconditioning.
Having written a post earlier on the online reservation not working, I thought it fit to write this post to inform the readers that the Online Reservation of Sathyam Cinema is working fine now.
The image above is that of a hoarding in the Sathyam Cinema parking lot. While going through the current issue of Business World, I found that the same image is used for advertising Master Card. Unknowingly both the agencies have used the same image or the same agency is handling the accounts of Club Mahindra as well as Master Card.