Here comes the good news for cine goers. Henceforth there is no need to walk to theaters well before the show timings and physically buy the tickets. Starting January one can book the movie tickets of their choice in any single screen theater in the city for any show, using online e-ticketing system. This feature was hitherto present in Multiplexes located in Malls.
The advantage of the e-ticketing is that people can book tickets online leisurely and collect the tickets at the counter on any working day. The e-ticketing feature will start functioning from January first week between 10 am to 8 pm. The additional booking charges will be levied for those collect tickets visiting respective theaters. In case if the tickets are purchased online through cashless transactions, online booking service charge of Rs 10 will be deducted per ticket.
Presently there are 18 theaters in city. Though a couple of theaters are providing online booking through the web portal 'Book My Show' from last four months, it will be streamlined by January, and every theater in the city will be brought under e-ticketing system. This apart, for the convenience of night shift workers and late night movie goers plans are on card to screen shows after 9 pm during weekends.
A website, www.shmoti.com dedicated for this will soon be launched. By visiting the website online, people can know which movie is being screened in which theater and also the show timings, in addition too booking the tickets. Also details of upcoming new movies can also be known along with watching their trailers. Theater owners of Mysuru, Hubbali, Hassan, Hospet, Shivmogga, Tumkur, Gadag, Davangere, Bijapura, Bellary have come together to launch this website which will update their screenings online.
Housewife Chaya said: 'To watch First Show we had to start early at 3.30 pm, stand in queue and buy tickets. There were instances when tickets were sold out much earlier for newly released movies and we had return disappointed. I hope the hassles of standing in long queues to get tickets will end and we get to enjoy the same benefits as those visiting Malls did, because many can't afford the high cost of tickets, parking charges and other expenditure in multiplexes.'
Student Divya, resident of Nanjangud said: 'Many times standing in long queues, with the possibility of tickets getting sold out at the last minute. Some times only one ticket per head is issued to avoid tickets being sold in black. For people going out with families especially with women, children and senior citizens, buying tickets was a difficult task. The on-line initiative will be convenient for the cine goers.'
Theaters Association President MR Raja Ram said that by January first week e-tickets will be introduced and are implementing several measures for the convenience of the movie going audience. Stating there were 24 theaters a decade ago, attracting sizeable number of audience and down the years six theaters have shut down, he said majority of people watching movies in single screen theaters hail from either middle class or poor background.