Chennai loves its cinema and there's nothing like a Sathyam theatre experience to thrill the average film-goer. From the delicious cream rolls to the fancy toilets, Sathyam has maintained its standards even as it opened branches across the city. The Royapettah one with its massive hoardings makes a frequent appearance in Tamil movies. Just as the LIC building stood for Chennai at one point in time in celluloid, Sathyam theatre is one of Chennai's most beloved landmarks in contemporary times.
And now, there's cause for people in other cities to celebrate. Sathyam is expanding!! The popular multiplex, which is also called SPI Cinemas, will soon open in Mumbai, Kerala, Telangana, Bengaluru and Puducherry.In Chennai, SPI Cinemas owns five properties and 36 screens, including Sathyam, Escape, Palazzo and so on. The cinemas have a combined seating capacity of 8, 342. There's a branch in Coimbatore called The Cinema which has 1,561 seats, reports The First Post.
Now, it is said that SPI Cinemas will be taking over Globus Cinema at Bandra in Mumbai for a nine-year lease. The cinema is a 259 seater single screen and will be called Le-Reve. The theatre will open for shows during the Diwali season.
In Thiruvanthapuram, SPI cinemas will open its screens in the first week of November. The single screen Kripa theatre, which is owned by Muthoot Fin Corp, has been fully renovated and converted to two screens.
Christmas will be merrier in Puducherry this year. Sathyam will begin its operations by December 25 under the banner of The Cinema. A five-screen multiplex is what they're looking at.
They have also decided to commence operations in Hyderabad and Warangal in Telangana. Moreover, SPI Cinemas has promised to invest Rs. 500 crores in Andhra Pradesh for IMAX and multiplexes.
The group has already started work on a five-screen multiplex in a Bengaluru mall and is expected to begin its operations by next year.