Lightbox Preview Theatre demolished by BMC; property allegedly violated fire safety norms

Lightbox Preview Theatre, Bollywood's go-to preview hall, has been demolished by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation

FP Staff February 18, 2018 12:22:27 IST
Lightbox Preview Theatre demolished by BMC; property allegedly violated fire safety norms

Lightbox Preview Theatre, Bollywood's go-to preview hall, has been demolished by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. Formerly co-owned by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani, the property was unauthorised and violated fire safety norms, reports Mumbai Mirror.

Lightbox Preview Theatre demolished by BMC property allegedly violated fire safety norms

Lightbox Preview Theatre. Image from Twitter/@funclickearn

"The notice was served under MRTP (Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices) to restore the structure as per original plan," a civic official told the publication. The property was originally an operational theatre but the step to bulldoze it was taken as it was situated in a basement, said the official.

The demolition was carried out on 15 February, when a special screening of Padman was being held for a senior filmmaker and his family, reports Mid-Day. Although the filmmaker was shocked to see the BMC officials, he did not interfere. The screening was stopped and the officials did the needful.

Lightbox theatre was taken over by Prashant Gunjalkar, Salman Khan's business partner and was reopened in May. According to the Mid-Day report, Akhtar and Sidhwani had shut the theatre's operations after it was turning out to be economically infeasible for them to run it. The 30-seater hall was opened in Santacruz in 2012 and saw a lot of big-ticket film previews.

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