EAP Films op­er­at­ing un­der ‘Savoy Cin­e­mas’ brand

Makes huge in­vest­ments for the wel­fare of our cin­ema in­dus­try

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - LIFE -

“Our in­ten­tions are gen­uine. Savoy Cin­e­mas is also con­tem­plat­ing on es­tab­lish­ing a film school in Sri Lanka”

EAP Films and The­atres which is now op­er­at­ing un­der the brand SAVOY CIN­E­MAS, is plan­ning a mam­moth Rs. 600 mil­lion in­vest­ment this year for the well-be­ing of our cin­ema in­dus­try, es­pe­cially to re­fur­bish all its cin­e­mas to en­sure that all the­atres in the Savoy Cin­e­mas cir­cuit main­tain one stan­dard. Savoy Cin­e­mas CEO Gee­vaka Pal­lagama said their vi­sion was to en­sure the same stan­dard and qual­ity at Savoy Wellawatte, Savoy Ra­ja­giriya and even Savoy Galle where any­one could iden­tify a Savoy cin­ema in any part of the coun­try by the unique stan­dard and qual­ity it main­tains. “Our com­pany op­er­a­tions will re­main un­der EAP Films and The­atres but our brand will be Savoy Cin­e­mas. We al­ways had a vi­sion and con­trib­uted in many ways to the cin­ema in­dus­try by way of pro­duc­ing and up­grad­ing cin­ema in­fra­struc­ture etc. But now the main fea­ture is the change and the fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity that Ben Hold­ings has brought to us. Savoy 3D re­cently in­tro­duced the real Dolby At­mos tech­nol­ogy which is its first and proper full blown ver­sion for the first time in Sri Lanka at a cost of more than Rs. 25 mil­lion. In ad­di­tion we have a 44 ft screen. We have 46 the­atres in our cir­cuit of which 16 be­long to us. Savoy Ra­ja­giriya at the Jana­jaya build­ing is our new­est 38-ft screen with 200 seats. We also ac­quired Na­tional Ma­haragama re­cently. We opened a brand new 90-seater cin­ema in Gam­paha re­cently while most of our cin­e­mas are un­der­go­ing re­fur­bish­ments to main­tain uni­for­mity. “In ad­di­tion to im­port­ing for­eign films, we also pro­vide fund­ing to lo­cal film pro­duc­ers. Pro­duc­ers need not in­vest all the money as we will join to bear part of the pro­duc­tion costs. Laika Pro­duc­tions Sri Lanka will make th­ese in­vest­ments, sup­port­ing our lo­cal pro­duc­tions for films lined up in our cir­cuit or even new pro­duc­tions. Dis­ney movies are ex­clu­sively dis­trib­uted through Savoy Cin­e­mas. We have im­ported the big­gest movies to Sri Lanka in the past four to five years. When we dis­trib­ute im­ported films we give films to all the­atres equally. Avengers Endgame was the re­cent big­gest hit that shat­tered rev­enue records in Sri Lanka,” he said. “Our in­ten­tions are gen­uine. Savoy Cin­e­mas is also con­tem­plat­ing on es­tab­lish­ing a film school in Sri Lanka.”

GEE­VAKA

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