Maharashtra offers sop to single-screens, rate cap to multiplexes

Jan 16 2013, 00:05 IST
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SummaryTo encourage single-screen theatres in rural area, Maharashtra Government today decided to give them a 7-year holiday on entertainment tax, and also set a cap of Rs 200 for multiplex tickets of Marathi films shown during 'prime time' slot.

To encourage single-screen theatres in rural area, Maharashtra Government today decided to give them a 7-year holiday on entertainment tax, and also set a cap of Rs 200 for multiplex tickets of Marathi films shown during 'prime time' slot.

The government also allowed single-screen halls to levy an additional service charge of Rs two per ticket if they exhibit Marathi films during the prime time.

In a bid to discourage high ticket prices, the government decided to stipulate 'a maximum entry charge' of Rs 200 in multiplexes and Rs 100 in single-screen theatres for Marathi films shown during the prime time.

The decisions were taken at a meeting of the state cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, here.

The government expects that single-screens, which are losing business, will use the tax sop to adopt modern digital technology, an official release said.

The government also decided to waive entertainment tax for five years for single-screen theatres in A, B and C category municipal councils.

Maharashtra has 81 multiplexes and 549 single-screen theatres, from which the government earned Rs 476 crore in revenue last year.

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