Why there were no cinema hall in Kashmir? Well, INOX has put an end to this question as it has started the first-ever multiplex theatre in Kashmir's Srinagar. Yes, you read it right. Two new movies, 'Vikram Vedha' and 'PSI movie aka 'Ponniyin Selvan I', are going to release in Kashmir after 23 years.
Yes, it took 23 years for a film to be released in Kashmir as there were no cinema halls in Kashmir.
Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has inaugurated the first multiplex cinema at Shivpora in Kashmir's Srinagar. He said that each district in Kashmir will soon have cinema halls.
While addressing the people after inaugurating the first multiplex cinema hall in Kashmir's Srinagar, LG Sinha said that people in Kashmir loved cinema and that cinemas have a great history in the valley.
Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted: "VERY IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENT... INOX STARTS FIRST-EVER MULTIPLEX IN KASHMIR... Hon Lt Governor of J&K #ManojSinha ji inaugurated the first-ever multiplex in #Srinagar today... ⭐ 3 screens, 524 seats ⭐ Includes 3D viewing experience ⭐ Starts 30 Sept 2022 [with #VikramVedha, #PS1]"
Why there were no cinema halls in Kashmir?
India established its first multiplex in 1997 in New Delhi. There have been no cinema halls in Jammu and Kashmir in the last three decades as the valley was gripped by militancy in the late 80s and 90s. Therefore, the theatres in Kashmir were forced to shut down.
Earlier in August 1989, a now-defunct militant group 'Allah Tigers' headed by Air Marshal Noor Khan had announced a ban on theatres. Movies were termed “unIslamic” by extremists. While locals took the diktat lightly, the militants set some of the theatres on fire and by December 31, 1989, all the cinema halls in Kashmir were shut down.