Judging from its smaller twin, you might expect Ramakrishna 70mm to be a macro version of everything good and the mini of everything bad. It happens to be quite the opposite.
The wait for tickets is unpleasantly cramped between the narrow grilles. The perpetually damp cellar is also a major put-off. The titillating pieces of sculpture are placed here too. In addition, there are fantastic portraits of NTR in various roles. A true homage to the Telugu bidda, the founder of the complex. Ironically enough, though, Telugu movies are never played here.
Ramakrishna has been known as AP's first deluxe theater, and is big and good enough to still be called deluxe. It was built by NTR in his heyday as the numero uno Telugu hero, and he brought class to the movie-watching experience, right down to genuflecting to the Telugu aada paduchu all through - the easiest way to get tickets at the Ramakrishnas is getting your sister or mother into the queues.
The interiors at 70mm are pretty much the same as those at Glitterati - plush seats, ample space and great air-conditioning. I do wish they'd do something about the humidity, though.
Hangers-on from the neighbourhood pool parlor give this place a really bad rep. Also, the serious lack of parking place isn't good for business. The black-ticketeers believe that the 70mm rating is just license for more looting. If only the movies often played here were worth the trouble - several times, they are actually semi-porn. NTR must be squirming in his grave.
The more hyped movies are released here and usually end up down the drain, but it's worth the visit for that occasional gem of a movie.
ASLAM SIDDIQUIon 28th Jan 2015, 11:16am | Permalink
I was watching a movie in Ramakrishna 70 mm after many years but sad not to see the paintings of the great NTR garu in his famous characters.
ASLAM SIDDIQUIon 28th Jan 2015, 10:53am | Permalink
Watched BABY at this wonderful theatre yesterday.Wow what a huge screen. Ramakrishna 70mm and santosh 70mm are the pride of our city and all they need is a little bit of renovation and both of them can reach their former glory once again.Picture quality was very good since it is now equipped with 2K projector but it lacked the brightness and this can be achieved by painting the screen to make picture look bright.I request the management of both these theatres to renovate and i am sure all the multiplex audiences will rush back to watching movies in these wonderful theatres once again.
Now equipped with BARCO 2K(QUBE) projection system....but no cleanliness ..seats r dusty ....visuals r gud but sound needs to be improved........and its twin RK35mm is under renovation and will be opened in a month r 2 mostly wid all latest projection and sound equipment.....