An old cine landmark turns a new leaf in its seventieth year, even as the Indian film industry completes a hundred years this May, 2012. 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 specialy has been paid to the 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.
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 Kiran Thakur, a young, Belgaum based entrepreneur. Mr. Thakur is the Managing Director of Belgaum Tarun Bharat, a marathi daily largely circulation in Southern Maharashtra, Goa and North Karnataka. A graduate in Electronics engineering, Mr. Prasad Kiran Thakur has also earned a diploma in printing.