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South Delhi single-screen landmark returns as multiplex

The single-screen theatre in the heart of R K Puram Sector 12 is being reborn as PVR Sangam.

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The theatre in its new avatar. (Source: Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

It was one of the last surviving icons of Delhi’s erstwhile single screen-cinemas. But after shutting down in 2010, Sangam theatre — the once lively hangout zone of the early 2000s — will be reopening in its new avatar on Friday. The single-screen theatre in the heart of R K Puram Sector 12 is being reborn as PVR Sangam.

The pale blue cement and plaster facade has been torn down and replaced with an entirely new and fancy structure — a mix of pre-fabricated steel sheets, glass and designer patterns on the walls.

“When you want to offer a new experience to the customer, you have to forego the elements of the past and incorporate the latest trends,” CEO of PVR Cinemas Limited, Gautam Dutta, said.

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Managed by multiplex chain PVR, the theatre is part of the mall complex called Sangam Courtyard. It has been retrofitted with similar technology available at various PVR outlets across Delhi/NCR. Housed within a 13,000 sq ft space, the two screens (300 and 92 seats respectively) are done up in the same red and dark-toned colour schemes of all other outlets.

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Tickets can be booked online and there will be morning and evenings shows.

“We have been leased the space for a period of 15 years by the proprietor, Sanjay Jain. He wanted to convert the theatre into a commercial space, complete with eating joints, entertainment areas and a cinema. This is how most other single-screen cinemas in the city have been transformed,” Ajay Bijli, Chairman and Managing Director of PVR Ltd, said while inaugurating the multiplex in the presence of actor Sushant Singh Rajput on Thursday.

“I remember watching the Anil Kapoor starrer Parinda (1989) during my college days, so I realise the nostalgic significance of this theatre to the nearby residents,” he said.

Opened in 1973, the theatre was the favourite haunt of students from Delhi University and DPS R K Puram, and senior central government officers who lived in the neighbourhing flats. With a decent priced ticket and a small cafeteria, it was among the best options for a weekend outing for most families.

The current eatery at the cinema offers flavoured pocorn, Mexican and other fast-food options. Prices have been kept at a modest Rs 150 and Rs 250 during weekdays and weekends respectively. With a sprawling Starbucks cafe and other retail brands to soon set up shop in the ground floor, Sangam Courtyard is nothing like its former self.