Mumbai: With emotions running high following Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray's death, cinema house owners in the city have decided to keep the theatres closed on Saturday and Sunday for security reasons.

Film screenings in city theatres were cancelled on Saturday as soon as the news of Sena chief's demise spread.

"For the time being, we have cancelled all the shows in Mumbai. We will decide about running the shows tomorrow after assessing the situation”, an official of PVR cinemas said.

Manoj Desai, owner of Gaiety, Galaxy and Maratha Mandir said, "Yes, we have cancelled all the shows from 6 pm today till tomorrow, as we fear that anything might happen tomorrow. We don't want to cause any trouble. From Monday, we might run it normally."

Girish Wankhede, deputy GM-Corporate Communications and Public Relations of Cinemax said, "The moment we heard the news, we cancelled all the shows for today and tomorrow across Maharashtra. We have around 56 screens in the state. We have given refund of the tickets."

Ashish Saxena, Chief Operating Officer- Big Cinema "For today we have suspended all the shows and also advance bookings. We will decide upon tomorrow depending upon the inputs provided by the local police.

Cab, auto services from airports, mega blocks on CR cancelled

As a precursor to what lies ahead for fliers Sunday, cab and auto rickshaw services from the city airports are shut following death of Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray on Saturday.

City-side services like cab and auto from the domestic airport at Santacruz and international airport at Sahar in Andheri will not operate tomorrow as a mark of respect for the departed soul, authorities said.

Meanwhile, Central Railway has cancelled the megablocks on Central and Harbour line services on Sunday to facilitate people to attend last rites of the Sena leader.


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