Ganga, Yamuna, Upper circle, Lower circle, 40|50|60. In a town as big as Kollam, the only thing lacking is a pVr or Imax or Big Cinemas! The college going and the youthful ones below 30s are no doubt the bunch who eventually decides whether a movie ‘makes or breaks’ here in Kollam. While some of the theatres hold tradition and history and have been around for a longer time, some have emerged more recently and are doing a fair job.
On an average a movie runs only 10 -14 days, with Malayalam suffering the most and Tamil enjoying the best collection. Families throng the theatres preferably for first shows on weekends, and sadly I have seen a small % of people using the theatre merely for a 2 hour nap or to smoke up!
Dhanya theatre is the lead promoter of English films, and hence is my favorite among the lot. However Pranavam and the Archana Aradhana complex come fairly close. Prince –Grand and Kumar tend to run movies for a much longer period due to its mere location in the heart of Kollam and easy accessibility, though quality of service has deteriorated.
Kumar: 8.884361, 76.591007
Prince – Grand: 8.886124, 76.590529
Pranavam: 8.884515, 76.594834
Archana – Aradhana: 8.889555, 76.586766
Dhanya: 8.89135, 76.60351
So next time you are in town, you will know where to head for a movie!
P.S: There is an Adult rated theatre if I am not mistaken right in the centre of town, but I am not listing it here 😉