Shanthi theatre which is located in Anna Salai is 53 years old. In the year 1962, actor Shivaji Ganesan had bought this theatre. All the Shivaji films were screened in this theatre. The theatre was always filled with Shivaji’s fans.
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The theatre was originally built by G Umapathy. He was also a owner of another theatre called Anand which was also located in Anna Salai. The then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Kamarajar inaugurated this Shanthi theatre. The first film which was screened in this theatre was Thooya Ullam.
This theatre was renovated in 2005. After renovation, Rajnikanth starrer Chandramukhi was screened. This film ran in the theatre for 888 days. The film Karnan which had Shivaji Ganesan in the lead role was digitalized and screened. This film also ran for 50 days
In Chennai oldest famous theatres like Paragon, Chitra, Wellington, Alankar, Anand, Safire, Blue Diamond, Emerald, Gaiety, Uma, Megala, Bhunasweri, Vasanthi, Roxy, Rajakumari and Nagesh have been demolished. Commercials complexes have come up on these places.
Similarly Shanthi theatre is also becoming a commercial comples. There will also be four theatres in this complex. The demolishing work will soon commence.