The Gulf Cinema complex in Najma, slated for temporary closure, has now been closed for more than six weeks with no sign of reopening soon.
The cinema complex, which mostly screened Indian films popular among low-income expatriate workers, was closed on January 31 for maintenance without prior notice. It was said at the time it would reopen in a few weeks.
However, Moshen El Mokadem, General Manager of Qatar Cinema and Film Distribution Company, yesterday said the facility would not reopen soon, refusing to give more details.
“Maintenance has been handed over to the contractors, and work is continuing. We don’t know the exact date of reopening,” said El Mokadem.
As an alternative arrangement, Indian films, which were usually shown at Gulf Cinema and Doha Cinema, are being screened at cinemas at Royal Plaza, The Mall and Landmark, which are also managed by Qatar Cinema and Film Distribution Company.
People going to these theatres have to pay more to watch films as compared to the Gulf Cinema complex. Tickets at the Gulf Cinema were priced between QR15 and QR25 while tickets at other cinemas are sold for more than QR35.
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