South Mumbai multiplexes unharmed; all properties shut

GOA: The terror attacks on Mumbai since Wednesday night have sent chills down everyone’s spine. Financial markets in what is easily the commercial capital of India were shut through Thursday and the attacks have been going on for almost 20 hours now.

The posh South Mumbai area of the city has been the worst hit. Situated in South Mumbai are two prime multiplex properties – Inox Leisure at Nariman Point and Metro Big Cinemas near CST. They are situated a stone’s throw away from the areas that have been under attack. Fortunately, there has been no loss of any patron’s life and the properties remain undamaged.

On account of the attacks in Mumbai, multiplexes and single screens across the city closed shutters on Thursday. The Mumbai Commissioner has informed that multiplexes and malls across Mumbai will remain shut until further notice. Commencement of operations is subject to the law and order situation in the city, informed multiplex officials that Businessofcinema.com spoke to.

Auditoriums of the city stopped film screenings last night after news of the attacks spread and remaining shows were cancelled. The patrons were given shelter inside the properties itself.

"Approximately 150 people were inside the Crossroads Mall and Inox Multiplex. They were given shelter through the night and were served food in the night. People started leaving today at 7 am," informs Inox Leisure vice president programming and distribution Utpal Acharya.

Big Cinemas COO Tushar Dhingra adds, "Close to 45 people were inside the multiplex at the time of the attacks on the city. Most of them moved out during the night and two people took shelter till morning. There were some shootouts close to Metro but the property has not been damaged."

Also situated in the vicinity are single screen theatres Eros (Churchgate), Regal (Colaba) and New Excelsior (CST).

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