LAMJUNG: The only cinema hall in Lamjung district, Annapurna Hall, has been closed for three weeks. The 273-seat capacity theater is located in Besisahar Municipality-8.
Pradeep Basnet, the owner of the cinema hall, said there was no option for him but to shut down the theatre after the viewers stopped turning up. He also blamed the quality of films for the closure while claiming that the movie hall had adequate amenities.
Salaar, a Hindi-language movie, was the last movie to be screened at the theater. It also failed to attract the audience. Earlier, people not only from urban areas but also from villages crowded the cinema hall to watch every new show. Most of the youths have left villages for overseas employment and those who are in the country joined the bandwagon of digital entertainment with the expansion of Internet and IT infrastructures.
Basnet shared the plight that he has been incurring a loss of Rs 5,000 every day. He, however, is unfazed by the loss. He is now planning to screen Nepali movies ‘Dayarani’ and ‘Hattichhap’ soon.
The cinema hall was established in 1989.