Single Screen Theatre: 900 single screen theaters closed in the state! | leader

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Pune; Suvarna Chavan: Presently, the single screen theaters (single screen theaters) across the state are in a dilapidated state, and out of 1200 theaters in the state, about 900 theaters are permanently closed. Only 350 theaters are functioning and these theaters are also on the verge of closure. Heavy taxes, administration costs along with government rules and conditions have made it difficult for drivers to bear the financial burden. The one-screen theater operators are demanding relaxation of the government-imposed rules and regulations along with the demand to replace single-screen theaters with other businesses. (Single Screen Theatre)

Now the theaters in cities like Mumbai, Satara, Karad, Sangli, Nagpur, Kolhapur etc. have been shut down along with Pune, theaters at the taluka and rural levels have been permanently locked, and doing business in single screen theaters is becoming a financial problem for the operators. At present single screen theaters have only 10 to 15 percent of the audience and some theaters are making losses even after covering the entire cost of running the theaters, they are also on the verge of closure. (Single Screen Theatre)

Single Screen Theaters in Cities

  • Mumbai 20
  • Pune 4 to 5
  • Nashik 0
  • Nagar 2 to 3
  • Satara 1
  • Karad 1
  • Kolhapur 5

Drivers’ demands

  • Allowing another business to replace single screen theaters
  • Entertainment tax should be waived.
  • Extortionate taxes imposed on theaters should be waived.
  • Cinema license fee should be waived.
  • The government should communicate with theater operators and understand their problems.

Problems faced by the driver

  • Huge expenses of the month
  • Various types of taxes
  • Audiences turned their backs on theaters
  • Distributors not releasing films to theatres
  • Non-importance of single screen theaters by foreign producers
  • Ignorance of the demands of the government

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