Nishat Cinema

Mohammad Ali Jinnah Road, Saddar,
Karachi 75560

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Nishat Cinema

The Nishat Cinema opened on December 25, 1947 and initially screened movies in the Urdu-language. Seating is provided in stalls and circle levels. From 1972 the cinema was renovated and CinemaScope was installed and it began screening English language films, the first being "Samson and Delilah".

The Nishat Cinema closed in July 2004 and the owners put forward plans to demolish it and build a shopping plaza, however, it re-opened. It is located next to the Universe Cineplex and is the most popular cinema in the city with genuine movie-goers. The sound and projection are next to none.

Sadly, the Nishat Cinema (together with another city centre cinema) was destroyed by a mob who set fire to the building on 21st September 2012, protesting against an American made film which was claimed to insult Islam.

Contributed by Ken Roe, Huzefa Lotia

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 4, 2007 at 4:23 am

A photograph of the Nishat Cinema prior to closing:

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 4, 2007 at 5:09 am

The Nishat Cinema can be seen on the extreme right of this vintage photograph:

nigar on May 17, 2008 at 8:15 am

Nishat is one of the oldest and the finest theatres of karachi still running the best of the lot. Currently Indian flick “Race” is drawing huge crowds.

kencmcintyre on December 21, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Here is an article from July 2004 about the closing:

Nadeem Mandviwalla
Nadeem Mandviwalla on September 22, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Nishat Cinema, Our identity, A landmark of Karachi & A memorable place for millions who have grown up by watching films in NISHAT was sacrificed by a mob which was protesting against the Un Islamic film “Innocence of Muslims”. The Incident took place on 21 September 2012 at 4:00 PM. Nadeem H. Mandviwalla (Owner)

CSWalczak on September 25, 2012 at 8:33 pm

An article about the destruction of this theatre that appeared in the New York Times can be read here.

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