Priya Cinema (Kolkata)
Priya Cinema logo
Location in Kolkata
|Address||95, Rash Behari Avenue Kolkata, West Bengal 700029|
|Town or city||Kolkata|
|Opening||22 May 1959|
|Inaugurated||22 May 1959|
|Owner||Priya Entertainments Pvt. Ltd|
Priya Cinema is a uniplex cinema hall situated in Rashbehari Avenue, near Deshapriya Park, Kolkata, West Bengal, India. The management is run by Priya Entertainments Pvt. Ltd. under the leadership of the managing director Arijit Dutta. Kaushik Dasgupta is in charge of Operations and maintenance. This is one of the first cinema halls in eastern India to have features like a DTS (sound system), Xenon Christie projector, Recliner seats, QUBE digital projection system, Harkness Screen and 2K Projection System.
Priya Entertainments Pvt. Ltd. (PEPL) has been in the field of entertainment for almost a decade. Dedicated to combining "Culture and Commerce", PEPL has done pioneering work in the field of entertainment.
Today, PEPL is an inseparable part of Bengal's cinema and culture. Besides direct ownership of prestigious cinema halls like PRIYA in south Kolkata, and Annapurna Multiplex/Mall (under construction) in Sonarpur(24 Parganas - South), PEPL manages many prestigious cultural complexes and multiplexes like The Bioscope in Rajarhat, Bioscope in Durgapur, Bioscope in Haldia, Krishti Cultural Complex in Memari Burdwan, Vidyasagar Memorial Hall in Guskara Burdwan, Satyajit Mancha in Balurghat South Dinajpur, Balaka in Illambazar Birbhum, Netaji Subhash Sadan in Baidyabati.
The Company's business extends to the distribution of films as well. They had been the sole distributors for the three biggest Hollywood studios- Sony Pictures, Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney for releasing their films in Eastern India.. PEPL has also partnered with some of the big Indian production houses viz. UTV Films, NDTV Lumiere, Acropolis, Mumbai Mantra, National Film Development Corporation etc.
The house of Priya Entertainments began its journey in the 60s with producing widely acclaimed films like Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne, Aranyer Dinratri, Pratidwandi directed by Satyajit Ray, Hatey Bazarey directed by Tapan Sinha and Chhuti-the first film directed by Arundhati Devi. It also produced many other films including Bonojyotsna, Saraswatir Pratigya and Kalochhaya.
Many of these films have won major national and international awards adding to the glory and heritage of this prestigious production house. Hatey Bajare won President's Gold Medal Award in 1967. Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne won a no. of awards in India and abroad including Best Direction Award, India (1968), Best Film Award, India, Silver Cross, Adelaide and Best Director, Auckland in 1969, Merit Award, Tokyo, Best Film, Melbourne and President's Gold and Silver Medals, New Delhi in 1970. Aranyer Dinratri was nominated for Best Director Award Golden Bear in Berlin International Film Festival 1n 1970. Pratidwandi won the Best Direction Award and Best Screenplay Award in India in 1971.
Film premières in Priya Cinema
Several film premières have been organized in Priya Cinema–
- Goynar Baksho
- Abar Byomkesh
- Bhooter Bhabishyat
- Charuulata 2011
- Nobel Chor
- Royal Bengal Rahasya
- Gosainbaganer Bhoot
- Baishe Srabon
- Rang Milanti
- Ami Subhash Bolchi
- Uro Chithi
- Jiyo Kaka
- Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona
- Maach Mishti & More
- Shunyo Awnko
- The Light: Swami Vivekananda
- Hawa Bodol
- Goynar Baksho
- Ami Aar Amar Girlfriends
- Meghe Dhaka Tara (2013 film)
- Satyanweshi (film)
- Chaya Manush
- Baari Tar Bangla
- Buno Haansh
- Hrid Majharey
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- Goynar Baksho
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