Bengaluru, DHNS: The state government on Friday announced a financial assistance of Rs 50 lakh to those who come forward to set up ‘Janata Cinemas’ in the state. Janata Cinemas refer to cinema houses which get state assistance and follow government guidelines on screening movies.
According to guidelines issued by the Kannada and Culture department under a budgetary scheme, single-screen cinemas with a minimum capacity of 200 seats and multi-screen cinemas with a minimum capacity of 150 seats, are eligible for assistance. The scheme also extends financial assistance of Rs 25 lakh for renovation of existing movie house. The one-time assistance is available only for new cinemas and those renovated after the issue of government order.
The scheme is aimed at popularising Kannada movies in the state. But, these Janata Cinemas should screen only Kannada movies round the year and must give an undertaking on a Rs 100-stamp paper in this regard. The government will have powers to recover the entire money with interest in case of breach of condition, a government order said. There is however no mention of any restriction on admission ticket rates.
Owners of cinemas have to adopt latest technology to be eligible for assistance. They have to obtain no-objection certificates from deputy commissioners of respective districts to seek the assistance. The Department of Information and Public Relations will inspect the cinemas before sanctioning the assistance, the order added.
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