Multiplex cinemas and urban redevelopment in India

Mabbott Athique, Adrian and Hill, Douglas (2007) Multiplex cinemas and urban redevelopment in India. Media International Australia, 124 ( Mapping Media ) 108-118.

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Author Mabbott Athique, Adrian
Hill, Douglas
Title Multiplex cinemas and urban redevelopment in India
Journal name Media International Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1324-5325
Publication date 2007-08
Year available 2007
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 124 ( Mapping Media )
Start page 108
End page 118
Total pages 11
Editor Susan Ward
Albert Moran
Place of publication North Ryde, N.S.W.
Publisher Australian Film Television & Radio School
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject C1
410302 Cinema Studies
751004 The media
Abstract The aim of this article is to introduce the phenomenon of the multiplex theatre as it is being played out within the complex urban geographies of metropolitan India. Since its inception a decade ago, the multiplex cinema in the subcontinent has become an intrinsic component of a new leisure infrastructure configured around the notion of a ‘consuming class’ keen to take its place amongst a ‘global middle class’. The dramatic growth in multiplex cinemas, projected to grow in numbers by 300 per cent over the next three years, has been greatly encouraged by urban planning and taxation policies designed to encourage new commercial and residential developments arising out of urban regeneration programs and the growth of satellite conurbations. This article makes the case that, while the multiplex is an example of flagship architecture employed in the ‘globalisation’ of the urban environment, the demand for such facilities is also a logical extension of the long-running contest over public spaces between different segments of the urban population in Indian cities.
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