Origin of the Chennai Shanthi theatre
Shanthi Theater in Chennai is one of the oldest and the most popular theater. It has a very great importance in the history of Tamil Film industry as it is very famous for various hit movies that was screened in that theater. Shanthi theatre Chennai was inaugurated on 12.01.1961 by the then Tamil Nadu Chief minister K. Kamaraj. It was the first air conditioned theatre in Chennai. The first movie to be screened on the theatre was a movie on lord Venkateswara. The theatre was promoted by Nadigar Thilagam Sivaji Ganesan. The first Tamil film filmed in the Shanthi theatre was Thooya Ullam produced by Annapoorna films. The film starred A. Nageswara Rao and Saavithri. The movie was followed by a Hindi blockbuster Kalpana. It has screened many popular movies under a long run starting from Haridass, Sangam to Chandramuki.
Shanthi theatre and Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan is one of the most leading actor in the Tamil film industry and very popular for his wonderful acting in the movies. The acting history of the leading actor Sivaji Ganesan is spoken even after he left us all. It can also be said that there is no possibility for any other actor similar to that of Sivaji Ganesan. Although Sivaji Ganesan was the promoter of the theatre he also ran a great relationship with the theatre. More than 82 films of Nadigar Thilagam were filmed at this theatre out of which 6 films celebrated were silver jubilees and 35 films were screened for more than 100 days. Some of the notable silver jubilee films of Sivaji Ganesan were,
• Vasantha Maligai
• Thanga padakkam
• Mudhal mariyadai
As a part of his relationship with the theatre he proved his critics wrong and made it clear age and generation is no bar for talent. Sivaji's movies will be very good to see such that he will be proving himself in all the movies that he acts. There will be some extraordinary performance in the movies of Sivaji Ganesan. And also he is capable of acting whatever role that is given to him.
Shanthi theatre and other artists
Not only Sivaji Ganesan is very much associated with the Shanthi Theater but also there are various leading actors in the Tamil film industry who were responsible for gaining a good recognition for the theater. Among the various other theaters present in Chennai, Shanthi theater was given a great recognition because of the films that were screened in the theater and also because of the special person who made the theater one of the most popular theater in Chennai. The theatre has seen many stars come and go by but its stands as a memory for many of them. Some of the Stars who have seen their ascend and descend in this theatre are,
• MGR for his never ending action
• Kalaignar Karunanidhi for his magical words and has penned down many successful scripts
• The Maestro Nadigar Thilagam Sivaji Ganesan's Son Ilaya Thilagam Prabhu
• Ulaga Nayagan Kamala Hasan for his relentless unmatched acting
• The one and only superstar Rajnikanth himself
Thus the theatre was an instrument in promoting most of the superstars. There were various factors by which the fame of the super stars in Tamil film industry increased and this Shanthi Theater is also responsible for holding a highly remarkable position in the Tamil film industry.
Address for communication of Shanthi Theater
#43, Anna Salai,
Telephone: 044 - 28549086
Location and way to access Shanthi theatre
The now name of Shanthi theatre is Shanthi multiplex. The contact number for booking tickets through telephone is 28549322 and 43438383. Recently online booking was introduced for the convenience of viewers. Shanthi multiplex added one more screen to its glory; it was Sai Shanthi which was opened by Padmashree Kamalahasan on 11.10.2006. The screening of shows in Sai Shanthi commenced on 21.10.2006. Chandramuki ran a record 888 days and cracked the record books. Nowadays due to the request of many die hard fans of Sivaji Ganesan, his movies are played by cleaning the print and to the surprise of many; the shows are jam packed and has kindled many other theatres to screen old movies.
The online booking in Shanthi Theater is also one of the most convenient options such that the people can easily book the tickets from home and also feel free to go to the theater and see the film. Online booking in Shanthi Theater is done such that people can avail the service online. They can pay for the tickets with the help of the debit card or with the help of the credit card.