Joining the festive mood of the IFFK 2012 is the Sree Padmanabha theatre, that has introduced 7.1 Dolby surround, thereby becoming one of the first private theatres in the capital to introduce the sound system of international standards. Other than multiplexes, it is the first private theatre in the state to launch 7.1 Dolby surround.
“The total cost of the 7.1 Dolby surround, renovation and the wiring cost us around Rs 10 lakh. Now many films are coming in 7.1 and it gives sound perfection of international standards. We thought that IFFK will be the right time to introduce the new system,” said Girish Chandran, owner of Sree Padmanabha theatre.
Over the last two years during the time of IFFK, Sree Padmanabha theatre has introduced numerous innovations to add to the festive ambiance. If during IFFK 2010 it was Kerala culture that was on display in the theatre, in 2011 it was Sree Padmanabha Samy temple and its history. “This year around we have launched the silent national anthem performed by differently-abled children with music in the background. We have also displayed cut-outs of films like ‘Sholay’, ‘Cinema Paradiso’, ‘Godfather’, ‘Chemmeen’ and ‘Verapandi Katta Boman,’” he said.
A special laser-light show that was introduced during the last IFFK has also undergone a complete upgradation. Though the theatre and its staff have joined in the festive mood they did not forget to pay homage to the versatile actor Thilakan who passed away recently. A Thilakan homage, with clippings from his movies, is displayed on a mini screen as a mark of respect to the great actor.