It's curtains down for Kapali after a 49-year glorious run

Theatre was nation's first cinerama

It's curtains down for Kapali  after a 49-year glorious run

Kapali theatre, the country’s first and the only cinerama theatre (widescreen projecting images from three projectors onto a huge, deeply curved screen), on Subedar Chatram Road in Gandhinagar ended its 49-year run by screening Huliraya film on Thursday.

The theatre will be razed to make way for a commercial complex. Its current market value is around Rs 150 crore.

Built on 44,184 sqft by Gopal Films and H Dasappa and Sons Private Limited, it was inaugurated by the then Union Finance Minister Morarji Desai on February 16, 1968. It had 1,464 seats initially and after renovation, the number was reduced to 1,112.

Kapali began its journey by screening the Dr Rajkumar-starrer Mannina Maga. It also screened Hindi and English movies. The theatre attracted large audiences due to big cut-outs of Dr Rajkumar and in later years of V Ravichandran.

Two people were killed and many others were injured when a wall of the theatre collapsed after the adjacent Gangaram Building came crashing down on September 12, 1983.

It was shutdown temporarily due to the failure of the sound system when ‘Shabdavedhi’ (2000) was being screened.

A few people were injured after the police wielded lathi to control the crowd during the release of Upendra’s ‘H2o’ in 2002.

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