Fire breaks out in Kolkata’s oldest single-screen hall

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Kolkata, Oct 2, 2016: A major blaze broke out at one of the oldest single-screen movie theatres here, the Jyoti Cinema, on Sunday, a fire department official said.

The cinema located in central Kolkata’s Esplanade area was founded in the mid-1930s and was shut down in 2008.

According to officials, “A fire broke out 2.10 a.m. and destroyed the entire hall. As many as 26 fire tenders were pressed into service.”

The blaze was brought under control at around 4.35 a.m. However, no casualties were reported, while a major portion of theatres was gutted completely.

The theatre gained popularity by screening 70mm films in the 1970s. It showcased a steady mix of both Hollywood and Hindi movies.

 Wefornews Bureau

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