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PVR Cinema (Punjagutta)

Inaugurated in Feb 2006, PVR eagerly dented the incumbent premier digital movie-watching experience of town, and without much ado the Prasads monopoly came undone. Undoubtedly, IMAX adaptation movies remain eye-candy at Prasads, but daily movie-watching experience underwent a sea of changes for those who could spend a three-digit crispy green for a ticket.

For the average Hyderabadi cinemagoer, PVR is more than centrally air-conditioned theater and happening crowd. It is about a 3-digit ticket price, online ticket booking at a premium, bucket seats, big-ticket popcorns and cola, squeaky washrooms with uniformed cleaners in hidden pockets (you'll either squeal in delight or scream in horror of being caught unaware) and plush cars in the parking lot to account for a few.

Unlike other cities that have standalone PVR cinema complexes, PVR Hyderabad is housed on the 5th floor of an ever-glutted shopping mall - Hyderabad Central Mall. It's hard to read the builders' thoughts when they decided to get people to wade past crazy shoppers and a sea of gluttonous overeaters at the food court to make way into the theater complex.

The alternative entry through elevators is as depressing - you only wait for hours for your turn to get into it. And when you finally get your spot to rest your foot, it'll beep to suggest overload. Rest assured, nobody wants to get off - but you and only you'll do it out of that irritating hooter blowing just above your head.

Despite all this, if you managed to get your ticket, consider it your gate pass through Pearly Gates. For, the hall looks pristinely elegant, bathed in red from the cushioned seats to the draped walls. There is no peeling paint, no torn and scooped out rexin seats, no leaking roof or even slit screen. And no odor - just the mingling Prada, Ferrari, Escada and Fahrenheit effusing from fellow movie watchers.

And if you forgot to pick your popcorn bucket before you entered the hall, you can recline easy - they come (almost) begging for your snack orders. Get your money's worth - demand a combo and ask if they have special offers on it too. Ignore the sneering looks, it still ain't history to pay 40 INR for a movie ticket and get a 5 INR packet of popcorn to complete the experience. But if you demand luxury, just sit back and make sure you pop every kernel of the 45 INR buttered popcorn right into where they most belong - your mouth.

The theater exits speak an untold story - this is what the builders most likely ignored planning about. Visibly, the polished floor and stairs sparkle, sure, but hey, we didn't want a skating ring for a staircase. Worse, when it rains, the staircase floods - I fail to know the hows of it.

If watching your foot on your exit wasn't enough, the basement parking is dismal, and poses asphyxiating fuss from ill-planned (or, is that "unplanned") parking slots. If it took a little longer at the basement for you to drive out, you might be coughing your way out.

PVR is undoubtedly the quintessence of fine movie watching, but hey, let's get the basics in place - alternatively, consider having a helipad on the roof.
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Good for date/family - Yes
Easy parking - Yes
Decent legroom - Yes
ASLAM SIDDIQUI on 21st Aug 2015, 9:15pm | Permalink
Best 7.1 dolby digital surround sound among all the multiplexes of hyderabad.
vivek on 24th Nov 2012, 8:47am | Permalink
Water was dripping from the sealing when i watching skyfall
nani on 30th May 2012, 10:31am | Permalink
vasueicon on 26th Apr 2012, 4:39am | Permalink
just go there..
Devender on 12th Apr 2006, 6:27pm | Permalink
I was too harsh to give 1*, it should be 2*

Not more than that
Devender Bejju on 11th Apr 2006, 6:36pm | Permalink
Beauty of shopping mall has gone after the PVR cinemas arrival

No enough place for parking, Ok, if going in the week days, but don’t forget to cover your face, full of dust in the parking place; compensation you get for is FREE PARKING (don’t know how lasts how long).

If you have finished parking, if you decided to go by lift then muster up your patience, muster up your energy other wise. You got to go to the 5th floor, never recommended if coming with kids and old family members, don’t wait for lift, I prefer using escalator, and it ensures me that I can reach in 8-10 minutes.

Don’t think it’s over my friend, most disgusting and annoying thing is next, for SECURITY reasons following are prohibited.

Handbags, caary bags, helmets, eatables, gutka, pan-masala chewing gum, chockolate, chips etc.(but they never mind if you take whole eatables if you buy from them)), camera, laptop, knife, lighter, match-box, cigarette, firearms and all kind of inflammable objects etc., What the hell. Don’t think they not going to check you, they will do it immediately after entering the lobby, NO EXCEMPTION for LADIES, they will be checked in a closed cabin by lady security officer though.

I got headache by the sound system (no kidding), no sound control, full sound throughout the movie, don’t know whether its was for only for the show I watched (Sun march 12, 645PM, Malamal), or it is for all the shows,

Only thing I found good are Free Parking, Good furniture

Last thing I like to say “This place sucks”
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