Citylight theatre, once a landmark at Mahin returns with a new face and loads of style
‘CITYLIGHT’ SHINES IN A NEW LIGHT
Mumbai, April 21, 2012: An old cine landmark turns a new leaf in its
seventieth year, even as the Indian film industry completes a hundred years
this may. Citylight cinema, which was a prominent landmark of the centrally
located Mahim area, is soon to resume service with state of the art
infrastructure under a new management.
The new avatar of Citylight will retain its old-time single screen
ambience, but will come with an enhanced Dolby surround sound system, UFO
satellite transmission, plush seating and air-conditioning, to strike a
balance between the amenities of modern multiplexes, and an ambience of a
diminishing culture of single screen theatres.
Due attention has been paid to the spatial constraints in the ever-crowded
areas of Dadar-Mahim. The new layout of the theatre has a huge, spacious
and self-sufficient parking lot, with easy access and exits for the patrons.
Equipped with ultramodern security arrangements, the theatre now comes
packed with separate elevators and a lobby for the screening hall. Food
courts with sumptuous preparations have been carved in, along with a cozy
hall available for holding functions, parties and meetings. With the
facility of online booking, patrons now have an option of booking their
shows virtually from anywhere. More information can be sought on
At the height of its glorious history, Citylight screened classics like
‘Baiju Bawra’ and ‘Anarkali’ for weeks at end. In the later years, the
theatre had been ‘lucky’ for filmmakers like the Barjatyas, whose films
made weeks of fruitful collections at Citylight. The Rajshri blockbuster ‘*Hum
Aapke Hain Kaun’ *clocked 33 weeks, a record of sorts.
After a hiatus of three years in renovation, the ailing theatre was sought
to be bought from it’s previous owner, Shyamjibhai Gogri. The new
management would be led by Prasad Thakur, a young, Belgaum based
entrepreneur. Mr. Thakur is the managing director of Belgaum Tarun Bharat,
a daily in circulation in South Maharashtra, Goa and North Karnataka.
A graduate in Electronics engineering, Mr. Thakur has also earned a diploma
in printing and colour management.