The padlocked NAFDEC cinema located in the heart of Islamabad has a desolate, forlorn look far from its glorious past. It once used to cater to the movie buffs of the capital city, with the screening of movies like Eraser and Jinnah.
The NAFDEC’s twin auditoriums, G 6’s Melody Cinema and a lesser-known cinema in Sitara Market (G 7) mostly screened Punjabi movies keeping the movie lovers of Islamabad satiated. With the decline of cinema in the country, and the unsafe environs of these cinemas many people just stopped going.
And business became so bad that soon cinemas starting closing down. Today, it is really sad that Islamabad has no cinema house to provide healthy entertainment to its residents. The recent release of movies like Awarapan and Khuda Kay Liye, has once again highlighted the dearth of cinema houses.
The news that the Capital Development Authority (CDA) is contemplating setting up of a cinema house in the capital is certainly a welcome development. It is heartening to learn that the matter was discussed in a recent meeting with the CDA Chairman Kamran Lashari in chair. While the development/construction of a new cinema house will take time, the CDA for now should explore the possibility of reopening NEFDEC and Melody cinemas, which would be easier and quic
Source: The News