Single screen theatres – Till fifteen or sixteen years back, multiplexes had not made their presence felt in the country and people use to frequent to single-screen theatres to watch films.
Soon, multiplexes started opening in big cities and now, they can be found in tier 2 and tier 3 cities as well.
While single screens can be still found in small towns and a few cities, most of them are finding it tough to compete with posh multiplexes which have become the preferred destination for the youth and the families.
Still, multiplexes cannotreplicate the charm of single screen theatres.
Here are 7 reasons why single screen theatres are better than multiplexes.
- Affordable refreshments
Premium multiplexes charge as much as 400 or even 500 bucks for a tub ofpopcorn and soft drinks. Inn single screens, you can a whole variety of snacks for a much lesser amount. You can have a packet of popcorn or chips and a can of soft drink for less than hundred bucks. The refreshments in multiplexes are exorbitantly priced and this is one of those things that irk an average moviegoer.
- Enthusiastic crowd
While multiplexes are mostly frequented by families and the urban youth, the mass population, which can afford tickets at a lower rate, visit single screens. If you are planning to watch a commercial potboiler starring a big star, watching the film in a single-screen theatres would be far more fun than in a multiplex as the crowd is far more enthusiastic and reactive.
- Cheaper tickets
The most obvious reasons for somebody preferring to watch a film in a single-screen theatre over a multiplex is the low ticket rates the former offers. The ticket rates in multiplexesfluctuate vastly depending upon the film or even the show timings. These fluctuations take place with single-screen theatre ticket rates but they are negligible in comparison.
- Great ambience
Multiplexes might be more posh and elegant than single screen-screen theatres but the latter has certain warmth and the kind of ambience that the former would not provide you with. Yes, some of the single-screen theatres are in bad shape but there are several others like Regal Cinema in Colaba, Mumbai which have state-of-the-art architecture and facilitieswhich modern multiplexes do not have.
- Shorter intervals
Films playing in multiplexes have longer intervals as they need to make money out of the refreshments they provide. For that, the audience need a good amount of time to buy them before the film starts and during the interval. Snacks are provided in single-screen theatres but it is not a major source of income for them, so they tend to keep intervals shorter.
With the decline in footfalls in single screen theatres and the poor condition they are in, there is a possibility that in the next decade or so, you would not find any of those in the country. While they are functional, visit them and experience the fun that you can experience only in a single screen theatre.