M-Theatre focuses on Mollywood, Hollywood
M-Theatre, which is the only well-known cinema in the country, has revisited its programmes, paying particular attention on Hollywood and Mollywood movies.
Proprietor of Blantyre M-Theatre Sunduzwayo Jere said yesterday that they would also want to give Malawian movies a platform.
The theatre hub, which used to house Cine Cinema, has been vibrant screening different movies.
And just recently it screened Elson Kambalu’s movie ‘Mlandu Wa Njinga/Case of a Bicycle’.
“We are focusing on Malawian movies because we want to give our Malawian film makers a platform. Again we want to give people a chance to appreciate these movies. This is on top of Hollywood movie which are our main focus,” Jere said.
He said M Theatre has apart from movies, opened its doors to events.
“We are actually open to hosting private movies for private parties, documentaries for organisations. We have Cinema One which is for movies and the capacity is 231,” he said.
Jere said Cinema One was filled to capacity when they were showing James Bond movies.
“We also have Cinema Two whose capacity is 265. This has a stage and we are using it for holding concerts and other private functions,” he said.
In another development, Jere said they are looking for comedians as they want to start stand-up comedy this month.
“We are starting stand-up comedy end June and we are calling upon comedians to submit names but we want clean comedians that can make people laugh and the comedies should be in English and Chichewa,” Jere said.
He also said that the continuity of the comedy show will depend on how many comedians they get on board.
“Let me also say it again that M Theatre is open for events and the space is available for hire for any functions”.
Jere also indicated that they are still using HD in screening movies and that they have not yet brought in 3D.
“We will only bring 3D when business picks up but, having run for a year and half, business is still tough. Cinema is a tough business but we are pushing. Numbers are increasing but we would love to see more people coming,” he said.
Jere said theatre is very big business in other countries and that as M Theatre they want to make cinema vibrant again.
“The good thing for us is that our theatre is very big and it is free seating as there is too much space. Our programming at the moment keeps changing. We have movies on Saturdays and Sundays Jere said.
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