QFX-Lalitpur merely weeks awayA ceremonial opening is likely to take place on March 24 with the screening of Batman vs Superman or on March 31 with Kung Fu Panda 3
The latest addition to the QFX Cinemas chain is opening its doors to movie enthusiasts in the heart of Patan at the Labim Mall, Pulchowk.
Managed by TeamQuest, a company run in collaboration by partners Nakim Uddin, Bhaskhar Dhungana and Rajesh Siddhi, QFX Cinemas has, in a short period of time, revolutionalised the movie-going culture.
“My passion for films started when I was in college. Initially, when we started off with Jai Nepal, with just one screen, it never occurred to me, or my partners, that one day we would be the trendsetters of the multiplex culture,” says Nakim Uddin, one of the owners of QFX Cinemas.
With a seating capacity of an average of 180 people per theatre, the three theatres are equipped with silver screens, comfortable custom-made Spanish seats with the latest 4K projectors. The 3D technology has also been upgraded to an American company Depth 2. “Technology is ever-evolving and we are always trying to keep up with it. We have equipped the halls with the latest technology available in the market. The halls are thus more premium than the other QFX halls, so it will also see a slight rise in prices,” says Uddin.
The halls are situated at the top floor of the former Lalitpur Bishalnagar, now named Labim Mall, which has been completely redesigned. “Whatever we were deprived of then, when we were kids, is what we are trying to provide to people now,” says Uddin. “If we look at in terms of filmmaking, a few years ago Celluloid was becoming a very expensive technology for filmmaking, especially for a developing market like ours. We initiated the idea of digitalising cinemas in the country in 2008. By 2010, we had converted all the theatres in the country under our company Digital Cinema Nepal where we provide service in more than 100 theatres in the country. We always believed in the notion that the Nepali film industry could create an identity of its own and that was our aim when we started off with TeamQuest and Jai Nepal. It feels great to see it finally being paid off,” he adds.
Four shows are scheduled to be held during the weekdays and five shows in the weekend. A ceremonial opening is likely to take place on March 24 with the screening of Batman vs Superman or on March 31 with Kung Fu Panda 3. The halls will be open to public on the following day. The mall, however, will be open to public only on April 13.
A new multiplex is also in the making at Thamel.