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Jammu and Kashmir: L-G Sinha inaugurates cinema halls in Pulwama, Shopian

On Sunday, South Kashmir's District Shopian and Pulwama, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has inaugurated the Multipurpose Cinema Hall.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Jammu and Kashmir: On Sunday, South Kashmir’s District Shopian and Pulwama, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has inaugurated the Multipurpose Cinema Hall. The official handle of The Office of Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir made the announcement on Twitter.

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The tweet read, “A historic day for J&K UT! Inaugurated Multipurpose Cinema Halls at Pulwama and Shopian. It offers facilities ranging from movie screening, infotainment and skilling of youth.”

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After inaugurating the cinema hall, Sinha while speaking to reporters, said, “We will build such multipurpose cinema halls in every district of Jammu and Kashmir soon. Today, I dedicate such cinema halls to the youth of Pulwama and Shopian.”

In Kashmir, cinema halls were closed in the early 1990s amid the spread of terrorism. By the late 1980s, about a dozen single cinema halls were functioning in the Valley, but the owners faced threats.

Over the years, attempts were made to reopen some cinemas. However, in September 1999, a grenade attack was reported on Regal Cinema located in the heart of Lal Chowk in Srinagar. Other theaters that later opened and closed were Sapphire and Broadway. The government on Sunday said it has inaugurated cinema halls for multiple uses such as information dissemination or skill enhancement.

At the same time, after the inauguration of the cinema hall, people say that the relationship between cinema and Kashmir is old. However, due to terror, distance had come in this relationship. These distances are now being gradually erased. With this, people have demanded to make proper arrangements for the shooting of the film in the state.

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