Juhu’s Iconic Single Screen Theatre- Chandan Cinema Shuts Down

The iconic single screen theatre Chandan Cinema, located in suburban Juhu, has shut down its operation with Akshay Kumar’s 'Kesari' being the last film to release there.

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With Akshay Kumar’s 'Kesari' being the last film to release, the iconic single screen theatre- Chandan Cinema, Juhu will shut down its operations. According to Sameer Joshi, the owner of the cinema hall, the single-screen theatre will reopen after three years.

Owing to the rise of the multiplex culture and low ticket sales of single-screen theatres, the city has witnessed shutdown of many such theatres like Eros Cinema at Churchgate and Naaz Cinema at Grant Road. 


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Chandan cinema which was established in 1974 with 'Bobby' being the first movie to be showcased has been a go-to place for movie buffs ever since. Sameer Joshi claimed that they've had high occupancy but as not many films are made for the masses and with the advent of multiplexes, a new genre of films are being made so their occupancy had reduced. It had been 6 years since they were last housefull. 

Since then it's been all about highs and lows for Chandan theatre. In its 46 years of existence, it has tried to counter every major threat from VCRs, multiplexes, piracy to streaming platforms. They have always tried to be updated and stay with time, for instance, they had a 4K projector for ‘Kesari’.

Joshi was four-years-old when his father Baijnath Joshi, a businessman who dealt in plastics, built the theatre for his wife Chandrakanta and fondly called it 'Chandan'. Joshi further said that the story behind the birth of this theatre is one of the greatest untold love stories of his father and mother.

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