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Santosh (Abids)

Santosh (Abids)
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Audio/Visual Quality
Good for date/family
Easy parking
Decent legroom
There are two ways of going to Santosh. Both of these will get you tickets, but one wont let you watch the movie. The first way lands you at the ticket counter, where you can buy as many as tickets you want. The second way will get you just one ticket, and the usher wont accept this. No, its not that the theater is selling bogus tickets - its just that the second set of tickets are handed out by the khaki-clothed men. Santosh lies on Abid Road, which has been one of the oldest one-way streets in Hyderabad.

Its unique location may have led to many of the following types of exchanges between two Hyderabadis:

A: Cmon, lets go or we wont get tickets!
B: Chill, well call Prasads.
A: Say what now? Theyre sold out?
B (philosophically): O well theres always Santosh.

If you live north of Abids, youve probably met A and B. If you happen to live south of Abids, replace A & B with X & Y, and Prasads with Ramakrishna. However, the constant in both the equations remains Santosh. For, that is what Santosh typically is. A reservoir for the ardent movie buffs, a movie screener of the last resort.

Thanks to a location which is bang in the center of Hyderabad, Santosh easily accepts the spillover crowd coming from all directions. Patrons who come here are generally from the Old City, and Santosh mostly caters to them by playing only Hindi films. The norm here is to pay the distributors by the week for each movie, increasing the chances of you finding the latest craze which you want to catch.

In the 26 years of its existence, Santosh has been renovated 5 times, the last time being in 2006. However, the teak wood paneling in the lobby still remains all of a quarter of a century old. And with the shiny polishing work, it still retains its charm and grandeur. It serves as an automatic deterrent to the Rajnigandha gobblers, forcing them to look elsewhere.

One of the ironies of this cinema is the ramp. While some theaters use stairs, and others have gotten round to escalators, Santosh still uses its ancient ramp. Its probably the only place in the world where it is the audiences who get to walk a red-carpeted ramp to see their models and actors.

A huge, huge plus point once you get inside, is the distance between the two rows of seats. No wonder they dont air the statutory message "Please dont keep your feet on the chair in front" during intervals. The reason is not too far beyond comprehension. Its impossible even if you wanted to. If you wanted to play at being Rangeelas Aamir Khan inside Santosh, youd also have to be Shaquille ONeil. Or Michael Jordan. Or Completely Horizontal.

Come to think of it, Santosh is full of ironies. One message that they do air during the intervals is that of No Smoking. However, the photo sports a James Bond sort of man casually lighting a cigarette, with the lighter obscured by a small encircled cross. The effect which gets conveyed is probably more to remind the smoker of his depleted serum nicotine levels, rather than advocate the evils of smoking to the general public. Little wonder, then, that king-sized Gold Flakes can be had for Rs. 5, just outside in the lobby.

The lobby has comfortable sofas, and small tables with bowls in front. Ostensibly, these are supposed to serve as ashtrays. However, the hovercraft-class swinging pedestal fans make sure that flicking the ash on the ground or inside the bowl has the same net effect.

When you enter the hall, the red carpet welcome always gets a tad overdone. As you climb the stairs and emerge onto the landing, remember to hold on to something. Stepping on to the red carpeted cushioning of the landing is like stepping on 10 feet of hay stacked in a vertical column.

Air-conditioning is absent, but you do have air coolers, with blowers powerful enough to make sure that you have bad hair days for six consecutive days.

In the end, Santosh stands good on the promise lent by its name, and the experience can be called just that. Satisfactory. Santosh is, and remains, a place to go to when youre out of options.

Also Read: Sapna
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Audio/Visual Quality
Good for date/family - Yes
Easy parking - Yes
Decent legroom - Unsure
Santosh Kumar on 15th Jan 2021, 7:20pm | Permalink
Open the theatre
manoj on 3rd Dec 2015, 1:02am | Permalink
Please change Hindi movie, I want 2 know when you are changing
ASLAM SIDDIQUI on 28th Jun 2014, 5:12pm | Permalink
Watched transformers age of extinction at santosh 70mm today and i was watching a movie at santosh after a gap of nearly 7yrs.After the advent of multiplexes i had forgotten what it feels to sit in a theatre balcony and watch movies on a giant screen and it was a wonderful experience whereas watching a movie at multiplex is like sitting in a 10 rupees stall of santosh.Multiplexes are just fooling the public placing them right infront of the screen and charging exorbitant prices as well as giving them eye strain.Santosh is now equipped with a new christie 2K projector though i wish it had lot more brightness and i wish the management had also installed new screen as well and the dialogues from front speakers were not very clearly audible whereas the surround sound was excellent.It still needs lots of improvement but overall i had a good time at santosh 70mm.
vazrox on 1st Mar 2014, 3:38pm | Permalink
installed CHRISTIE(2K)...and some mild renovation going on......DARR@the mall(2014)
sat on 16th Feb 2014, 12:52pm | Permalink
I watched a hindi movie in Santhosh theatre on 15 feb 2014.That was a horrible experience.This theatre is unclean and suffocating.There was no AC except for some noisy fans.This noise was a huge distraction while watching the movie.Also, the cool drinks were sold at Rs.25/-(which is bit more than usual) and the refreshments were kind of old stock.
It was a nightmare experience for me and i would never ever go to this theatre again.
vazrox on 16th Aug 2012, 10:53am | Permalink
a big theatre in abids area ...easily accesible....good legroom and not very clean....tickets will be available..no need f booking online...movie seen here ...JULAYI(2012)
Sandeep on 23rd Sep 2010, 9:11pm | Permalink
A very good theater in Abids area.
Sadguru Budhwani on 10th Dec 2002, 4:11am | Permalink
one of best theater around
Malik Ali on 2nd Sep 2002, 11:07am | Permalink
santosh and sapna was built in front of me and i realy loved it and still i love it to see it on the internet because iam not there god bless you
Mr Phool on 31st Aug 2002, 11:41am | Permalink
i love santosh
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