Kanteerava Studios to build 150 theatres

In a bid to promote Kannada cinema, the state-run Sri Kanteerava Studios in Bangalore has proposed to�build 150 film theatres in 'B' and 'C' centres of Karnataka with private sector and industry participation.�Chairman Girish Mattannavar said that it is an estimated Rs 200 crore project.

'B' centres refer to taluks and 'C' to Hoblis, which are villages of a taluk grouped into smaller clusters. He said the private sector was enthusiastic about the venture, adding, the Studios was keen to get players of Kannada film industry also on board for the initiative.

The idea is to build malls housing film theatres, shopping complexes and community halls, similar to what one sees in Bangalore, in 'B' and 'C' centres, so that people could do multiple activity.

"The private sector is very much interested. We will give land and electricity subsidy, while the private sector will undertake construction and have 'minimum management' in the ventures," Mattannavar said.