What you see -
Fame Cinemas is a popular chain of multiplexes in Bangalore. Apart from multiplexes, it even has a single screen theater on MG Road. This one is the refurbished Symphony Theater and is now called Fame Shankarnag Chitramandira. The theater has a wide entrance with the ticket counter outside the entrance door. As you enter, you pass through the routine security check and then follow the stairs or take the lift to go to the theater.
What you get -
Fame Shankarnag Chitramandira on MG Road, Bangalore is a single screen theater with a seating capacity of 612. Movie tickets are available in Gold (55 seats), Silver (193 seats), Jubilee (124 seats) and Premium (240 seats) classes. Gold class has 55 pure leather recliners that make for comfortable film viewing experience. Moreover, Gold class viewers are served refreshments at their seats. There is a Gold Lounge as well where Gold class viewers can relax and have refreshments. They even allow you to throw a birthday party here.
Fame Shankarnag Chitramandira shows latest Hollywood and Bollywood flicks apart from Kannada movies. They have telephone and online booking facility too. However, the best way would be to go much before show time and book your ticket from the counter as there is only one ticket collection machine for online booking and it gets chaotic sometimes. Also, sometimes the machine may not function. Only credit cards are accepted for online payments. The advantage however is that you would get your choice of seats.
The screen of Fame Shankarnag Chitramandira is not the regular 70 MM but picture quality looks fine. Sound quality is also okay. Premium class has good leg space too. Refreshment options like popcorn, cold drinks and snacks such as samosa, boiled corn etc are also available. The tickets cost between Rs. 80 and Rs. 200 across all classes. They do run discounts and offers which can fetch you rewards in terms of free cola and popcorn.
Our verdict –
Fame Shankarnag Chitramandira on MG Road, Bangalore is for budget entertainment. It gives you a multiplex experience at rates as low as Rs. 80. Also seats seem to be easily available. Advanced booking facility is open from 10 AM to 10 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays. Parking space is available.
By Sanskrity Sinha