Lahore gets its first 3D cinema

Published: April 15, 2011
Sponsors hope to revive cinema, relying on youth’s support.

Sponsors hope to revive cinema, relying on youth’s support.


Yesterday saw the opening of the city’s first 3D cinema at Cinestar in Township. A red carpet event showcasing the Hollywood film, Avatar, had been organised by owners Ali Chaudhry and Faraz Chaudhry.

The organisers said they had spent a large amount of money to get the latest technology. A 3D cinema, they said, cost 10 times an ordinary cinema and the entire cinema had to be renovated in order for the 3D technology to be installed. They also hoped to add three more screens and IMAX technology to their cinema house. “We want to revive the cinema. Our focus is youth who embrace new technologies,” said Ali Chaudhry. He said that they had special discounts for students.

The event was well attended. The audience’s enthusiasm and excitement were palpable. Cinema-goer Sobia said, “3D is about bringing life to a big screen. It’s good to know that people are taking initiatives to revive entertainment through cinemas.” The cinema owners hope to showcase many 3D films in the coming months. Unfortunately the lack of 3D film production in Pakistan means that no Lollywood film will be shown. However, the Bollywood film, Wanted is slated to be screened.

The cinema is going to offer 3D glasses for an affordable price. Glasses can be re-used at further showings.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 15th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (39)

  • Anwar
    Apr 15, 2011 - 1:33PM

    Please no bollywood trash…please for the love of God keep that trash off our screens. Recommend

  • Leave us alone
    Apr 15, 2011 - 1:58PM

    @Anwar…hahahaa lolRecommend

  • Noman Nasir
    Apr 15, 2011 - 4:09PM

    What else you have to show?????Recommend

  • syed kashif Hassnain rizvi
    Apr 15, 2011 - 4:57PM

    yes agree plz plz plz if you love Pakistan then say NO to indian films…thanks
    how much their media insults Pakistan, they kick out Pakistan to play matches in Pakistan, they insults Pakistani actors for Tax. who is supporting bomb blasts in Pakistan, watch this video…
    its india & israel…Recommend

  • syed kashif Hassnain rizvi
    Apr 15, 2011 - 4:58PM

    Show other movies with dubed in urdu language, Pakistani dramas…cencered english movies, there is alot other things to show instead of indian movies.Recommend

  • syed kashif Hassnain rizvi
    Apr 15, 2011 - 4:59PM

    In europian countries cinmas are very popular without indian movies,,,how they are running ??? think abt it…Recommend

  • Someone
    Apr 15, 2011 - 5:16PM

    @Noman…..for a change, let’s start showing the good old Lollywood again :)Recommend

  • Me
    Apr 15, 2011 - 6:06PM

    Considering India doesn’t have 3d movies I don’t think the post is relevant.Recommend

  • hiba
    Apr 15, 2011 - 6:26PM

    plz plz show every good movie Bollywood specially Hollywood.i would love to watch it in 3D.i have watched avatar but i m sure 3D experience wud b totally diff Recommend

  • honey sweet
    Apr 15, 2011 - 6:30PM

    :[email protected] kasif: lol i think it is because EUROPEANS have their own industry which is far better than Indian’s.the reason Pakistanis watch Bollywood movies is because most of Pakistanis do not understand English AT ALL and since our own industry is doing NOTHING ,watching Indian movies is the only option left for them.Recommend

  • Salman Ali
    Apr 15, 2011 - 8:32PM

    Its the best thing EVER HAPPENED!!!!! But I still think there should be ban a crappy Inidan Movies!!!Recommend

  • Ahmed Nabeel
    Apr 15, 2011 - 10:21PM

    We love Pakistan and we are not the kind of muslims who are intolerant. but someone give me a break how can you expect the indians to be your friends ever. When indian movies are shown in our cinemas the money goes directly to india! We are otherwise way behind them, at least we should not damage our economy further. I would say that where on one hand we Really Love and appreciate the technology on the other hand we should say NO to indian Movies, so much so we should say no to their products even! Come on People its time for us to wake up and identify our actual Enemies!Recommend

  • Pakistani in US
    Apr 16, 2011 - 12:27AM

    If anyone needs to find clueless hyper-nationalist Pakistanis who don’t know how the world works outside of their little cocoon, you can find them here. They have no idea of how movie business works all over the world. Who are they to suggest a ban on indian movies and show Pakistani dramas in cinema. I almost fell off my chair laughing when I read this. Get a grip on reality and please avoid commenting on subjects you have no grasp over. And it’s time to grow up!! and stop putting blame on everyone outside Pakistan for all it’s evils. @syed kashif Hassnain rizvi. I am sorry to say, but you are a perfect example of downfall of our country.Recommend

  • Pakistani in US
    Apr 16, 2011 - 12:34AM

    @syed kashif Hassnain rizvi Also stop watching conspiracy trash on youtube and go out to do something productive. If you have sometime on your hand, I’d suggest taking a cause like helping out with That is what our enemy is. NOT India and Israel as you are so naively brainwashed to believe by our social studies/islamiyat books in Pakistan. Those are all big fat lies. Also, on your other subject, Rahat Fateh Ali khan broke a law and that’s why he was punished. You are probably use to of Pakistani way of breaking all laws, but sorry rest of the world doesn’t work like that. We need to learn to abide by and respect laws.Recommend

  • Raqib Ali
    Apr 16, 2011 - 3:45AM

    Last time I watched Indian film was 1993 and I am still alive, healthy and happy without Bollywood trash.

    Having said that, there is nothing wrong in showing Bollywood films. What we should focus is start creating our own films. Films in South Korea and France are mostly low budget. They are better in topics and quality.

    Lets make some low budget quality films. We don’t need to spend a lot of money showing a girl dancing with 200 silly loooking extras!!!Recommend

  • LUA
    Apr 16, 2011 - 4:11AM

    @Pakistani-in-US : You on the other hand, seem a classical example of the liberal brigade who has been brainwashed in American, Indian and what not media. Discarding India and its proxies as an enemy of Pakistan is akin to outright denying what India has done (and still has) to Pakistan. This self-hyped perception that India is just some pure, sinless fairy who cares for the well-being of Pakistan is total rubbish. For a change, grow up please.Recommend

  • Pakistani in Pakistan
    Apr 16, 2011 - 1:25PM

    @LUA: India is not a “sinless fairy” agreed, but we fail to understand or come to terms with the fact that our own wrongdoings is what caused this mess Pakistan. We are the nation that miserable fails to even make a line or follow simple traffic rules and then we put ALL the blame on foreign power/agencies. Pakistan is a lot more than Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad. Just look out of our urban cocoon and see the real Pakistan.Recommend

  • hussain syed
    Apr 16, 2011 - 8:23PM

    India may not be a sinless fairy, but remember it takes two to tango. Stop acting as if PAKISTAN is a sinless fairy, because we all know what a troublesome child it is indeed. Stop being such a nationalistic goon, and grow up! I bet you are out of the very same lobby that believe there are Indian elements involved in the dismantlement of Pakistan, LOL. Recommend

  • Grace
    Apr 16, 2011 - 9:14PM

    @Noman Nasir: There is a bog world outside of the trashof Bollywood which is meant to keep deluded Indians happy. Open your eyes and watch movies from any other Asian or European country. Maybe you’ll learn something other than dancing in a sari!Recommend

  • Grace
    Apr 16, 2011 - 9:22PM

    @Pakistani in US: Come on guy. There are plenty of Pakistanis in the US who don’t watch Indian movies because they have evolved beyond the Bollywood trash. Ask yourself how many 2nd generation Pakistani kids watch Bollywoood films let alone relate to the nonsense one line story of every Indian movie? You would think that by living in the US you would have learned to have a greater appreciation of independent cinema across the world. I suggest you go to Sundance or one of the many film festivals across North America where there is none of the Bollywood crap that is made for Indians. There is a big world out there man- think beyond Bollywood crap!!!!Recommend

  • Avanti
    Apr 17, 2011 - 1:16AM

    Guys! Cool down. Ordinary folks like to see what entertains them. They like to hear what pleases their ears. This anti-Bollywood attitude is not going to serve a thing. There is no conspiracy here. The producers make movies to make money. Everywhere.

    Do all Indians watch Bollywood movies? No. But you will be amazed to know how many of our American friends rent Bollywood DVD’s or have Netflix to watch them. At the same time, I have watched old and new French, Chinese, Iranian, Brazilian, etc. movies. Do I care which country made the movie? No. I have heavily promoted an old Chinese movie “not one less” to all my friends. A friend of mine literally forced me to see Ramchand Pakistani and another movie about a Pakistani in the US (don’t remember the name). Both were class movies. The favorite new singer of many Indians right now is Rahat Fateh Ali – a Pakistani who was trying to get illegal money. But that has nothing to do with his singing talent. So many Indian artists have been on taxman’s bad books. Does anyone care? No. Ordinary folks appreciate talent and that’s it.

    You guys are obsessed with India. As you have heard it a thousand time, it is not India, but the presence of India in Pakistani minds to which Pakistan’s all the problems can be attributed. Get rid of this Indo-phobia and enjoy good movies. Who cares who makes them. Recommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Apr 17, 2011 - 1:32AM

    Anwar, you cann,t dictate them. If Bollywood movies are legally imported, then let them show. Its their business and Chaudhrys have invested huge amount in a dying business. They deserve biggest award, when our so called patriotic leaders are moving their assets abroad, they have shown tremendous courage to invest. I wish them great success.Recommend

  • xyz
    Apr 17, 2011 - 2:22AM

    be careful u dont get scammed! These Chinese! First fake products and now a fake ARMY in the U.S???

  • SWR
    Apr 17, 2011 - 2:53AM

    @Grace I work for hollywood visual effects industry (Worked for Avatar as well). I never said that I liked bollywood movies, I only said no one has the right to dictate what should be put on screen specially when they are completely oblivious of what’s happening around them (in Pakistan). Movie business is a multimillion dollar business around the world and like every business, it needs a strategy and business plan. It has no space for people who think from their religious and hyper-nationalist glasses. Our economy collapsed because of clowns like these. Bollywood/hollywood is the only reason new cinemas are being opened in Pakistan after a very long time. And consequently that profit led to opening of this 3d cinema. So on one hand, he is happy about this cinema. But he doesn’t want to acknowledge the movie industry that made it happen. Classic Pakistani thinking! Now if someone doesn’t even understand this simple fact, can you trust their judgment? Even when I was in Pakistan, I was never a fan of bollywood cinema for obvious reasons. These commercial industries (hollywood/bollywood) are well oiled businesses and they make money because their is obviously a market for them. My main argument is only about one man insistence on banning something he doesn’t like. Not just because the cinema is “trash”, but because of this fed hatred toward India. We have an education system that makes you a narrow minded hyper-nationalist to the points that you stop thinking critically (evolution of society, economics, appreciating other cultures for what’s good and things like that). 90% of our middle class caries this fake pride and hollow sense of achievement which is nothing but building imaginary castle. I know this mentality inside-out after having lived in Lahore for a very long time. And the sad part is, there is no way to challenge their perception because they live in a society that promotes this thinking.Recommend

  • Pakistani in US
    Apr 17, 2011 - 2:55AM

    Sorry I Posted the above comment with my initials. @SWR is me.Recommend

  • Cherish Raj
    Apr 17, 2011 - 10:03AM


    You have only watched Bollywood “trash”, and that is because you choose to watch those like millions of other Pakistanis. You have not watched movies of Satyajit Ray, Rwithwik Gattak, Maniratnam, Padmarajan etc. Your diatribe is just bigotry and hatred for the neighbor. Your country is incapable of producing movies of any kind, and Bollywood is the most popular entertainment in Pakistan. Accept the truth and move on. There is nothing much you can do about that other than post hate filled comments on blogs. Plus Bollywood is not only watched in India for your information. The Arabs, Malaysians, Africans, Indonesians, the list goes on. The reviews of Bollywood movies appear in the the Hollywood Reporter, WSJ, NY Times, LA Times and check the number of Bollywood movies provided by Netflix. Now do not tell me that your own Pushto and Punjabi ‘movies’ are Cannes material plz. Recommend

  • Mitesh
    Apr 17, 2011 - 6:00PM

    @Raqib Ali: To make low budget good films, one need talent and pakistani dosen’t have this talent at all.Recommend

  • Apr 17, 2011 - 9:46PM

    Avatar was a good start. Am excited for the next update.
    n yup totally in favor of “No Bollywood”
    Bollywood is under constant downfall with only one or 2 movies a year worth watching. Recommend

  • ResidentHeartthrob
    Apr 17, 2011 - 10:03PM

    Oh and plagiarism isn’t talent. You mentally constipated people just copy EVRYTHING you see, hear.Recommend

  • ResidentHeartthrob
    Apr 17, 2011 - 10:08PM

    @Mitesh, at least we have the looks, unlike you Hindus. All of you are such dogs.

    PS Plagiarism isn’t talent. You mentally constipated people just copy everything you see and hear. Recommend

  • Mitesh
    Apr 17, 2011 - 10:56PM

    @ResidentHeartthrob: There is nothing wrong in copying, because it is also way of learning. Copying and then making money from that copy also need good talent. you people cannot even copy. Your ugly and loose comment shows your talent, frustation and culture.Your cinema cannot survive without bollywood/hollywood. By the way best luck lollywood.Recommend

  • Cherish Raj
    Apr 17, 2011 - 11:55PM


    Great culture and upbringing indeed!! Everything about hatred rolled into one stale wrap. Nauseating!Recommend

  • Cosmo
    Apr 18, 2011 - 7:52AM

    Great words from you. Being an Indian am really humbled by your thoughts towards us. May Allah and your Army gift you with some more Atom-Bums !! Now Happy??Recommend

  • Apr 18, 2011 - 12:49PM

    very bad reportRecommend

  • Aus
    Apr 20, 2011 - 3:47AM

    Totally agree with Anwar. No shifty indian movies pleaseRecommend

  • Apr 20, 2011 - 12:37PM

    Thanks for sharing such a nice information i love it thanks Recommend

  • hassaan
    Apr 27, 2011 - 3:37PM

    we have to buy 3d glasses?

  • Hasham
    May 9, 2011 - 8:09AM

    Karachi got it first than you Lahore :P (just kidding..did not mean to offend anyone)Recommend

  • Nobody
    May 12, 2011 - 7:29AM

    @Cherish Raj:
    “Your diatribe is just bigotry and hatred for the neighbor.” Followed by a spew of hatred and bigotry against Pakistan… Lol.

    Pot calling the kettle black. Hypocrisy, thy name seems to be Cherish Raj.
    Get a grip, some people love Bollywood, some hate it. Do yourself a favor and don’t take it personally. Recommend

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