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Labasa Cinema to Open in December

With the upcoming fes­tive season, people in the Northern Division are ex­pected to receive a jolly treat with Charan Singh’s twin cinema ex­pected to open by December. Owned by Charan
07 Oct 2018 12:22
Labasa Cinema to Open in December
The cinema is located on level three of the Charan Jeath Singh’s mall, on Naseakula Road, Labasa. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka

With the upcoming fes­tive season, people in the Northern Division are ex­pected to receive a jolly treat with Charan Singh’s twin cinema ex­pected to open by December.

Owned by Charan Jeath Singh Group, the cinema is expected to create about 50 employment oppor­tunities.

The cinema is located on level three of the Charan Jeath Singh mall, on Naseakula Road, Labasa

The three storey mall has a 12 retail outlet which is all been oc­cupied, a food court, game centre, two theatres and half of the build­ing have been occupied by the Uni­versity of the South Pacific, Pacific Technical and Further Education (TAFE).

Charan Jeath Singh Limited direc­tor Charan Singh said more are ex­pected to be employed by the com­pany as they plan to extend into the cinema industry.

About the mall

“The ground floor of the building, which has retail outlets, opened earlier this year and has created employment. For the theatre, there will be two cinemas which will have 100 seatings and the price of the ticket will be made reasonable for the people of Labasa,” Mr Singh said.

“We planned to have a cinema af­ter we did a survey to see what rec­reational activities, people of the North are lacking in.

“We wanted to have facilities that are of overseas standard,” he said.

Mr Singh said cinema is not a money making business, adding that the mall will have a lot of rec­reational activities.

He said screening of the movies will start at 10am.

“This will be the first cinema in the Northern Division, although Damodar City has planned to have a cinema in Labasa, eventually this project will be finished to three to four years time,” he said.

“In the building itself, the ground floor has 12 retail outlet which has all been occupied, eight restau­rants.

“On the second floor which is a food court, it will have a sitting ca­pacity of 200 people and is fully air conditioned.

“All the food court tenant has al­ready booked in, we will have dif­ferent cuisine- Fijian, Indian and Chinese with pizza and coffee,

“The food court is a similar and smaller version of MHCC in Suva.

“On the third floor we will have two cinemas; each theatre will have a capacity of 100 seats.

“We will have a bucket seat which has been ordered from a company in China. “

“And the equipment, the projector, sound proof, curtains and all other necessary equipment are coming out of Australia- this is the same company that provided electronic equipment to Damodar Cinemas,” he said.

He said the new cinema will oper­ated by Life Cinema.

“As we speak, we are having talks with Life Cinema to run the cin­ema, to have profit partnership.

“Both cinemas will be showing the latest movie with one cinema show­ing Bollywood movies another Hol­lywood.

“The cinema will have a ticket booth, snacks corner and a nice liquor bar- so people could have a few drinks before and after they get in the theatre, we will also have games. I am sure when this thea­tre’s open; it will be a place to go to for the people of the North,” he said.

The total cost of the mall is $4. 5 million once completed.

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