Movies are back with a bang here with the first multiplex to have opened in the Pakistani capital doing roaring business,a decade after the last theatre was burnt down by extremists.
On entering the Centaurus Cineplex,Islamabads first mall,the large posters of Shahrukh Khan-starrer Chennai Express,Main Hoon Shahid Afridi and Pacific Rim greet you.
Opened on August 15 in the burgeoning Centaurus Mall,the multiplex has five halls which are equipped with the latest 3D platinum technology system and Dolby digital sound system.
With a seating capacity of about 700 people,there is even a Gold Lounge that can seat 17 people.
People in Pakistan watch lot of Indian films on DVDs and even cable channels show Indian films. So Bollywood films are anyway favourites here. Earlier people had to travel all the way to Rawalpindi to watch a film, Aamir Haider,Director,Mandviwalla Entertainment which runs the Centaurus Cineplex told PTI.
But the fact that this is the only theatre in Islamabad that caters for movies across genres,it is no surprise that most days the theatre remains packed. With 15 shows running everyday,the weekend shows are booked way in advance. Even primetime shows attract a full house.