Facelift for Globe as new owner takes charge

FESTIVAL LAUNCH: Executives of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival pose with two producers of the film chosen to open this year’s festival, Pan! Our Music Odyssey following the official launch of the 2014 edition of the annual event. From left: TTFF Director of Public Relations, Magella Moreau,Caribbean Music Group Director, Jean Michel Gibert, TTFF Programme Director, Annabelle Alcazar, Writer, Kim Johnson and TTFF External Relations Director, Nneka Luke. —Photo: ANISTO ALVES

The historic Globe Cinema at Green Corner, Port of Spain has been purchased by businessman Satish Pariagh who intends to preserve the building and keep it going as a cinema.

Pariagh, who is a veteran in the local cinema arena, yesterday told the Express that renovations will soon begin on the building and also that a brand new fully digital system will be installed.

"The old medium of film reels is no longer used in cinemas and everything is completely digital now. We are about to start the renovations and installation of the digital system. The previous owners of Globe really kept the building in good condition and the cinema area was well kept, so we only have to do some sprucing up and upgrading really," Pariagh said.

Pariagh has been involved in the cinema business for many years. Pariagh said he took control of Globe four months ago and things have been going well. He is confident that the cinema will not only survive, but do very well.

"The cinema business is still viable and attendance has been good over the past four months. Globe is now the only stand-alone cinema still around and I believe that people will come, especially the dedicated Globe supporters. Once we go fully digital others will come out and an extra attraction at Globe is the balcony, which continues to be a good seller. The only challenge is parking and we are working something out to have a facility," Pariagh said.

The 2014 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (TTFF) will open at the Globe on September 16 with the premier of Pan! Our Music Odyssey, written by Kim Johnson and directed by Belgium-born filmmaker Jrme Guiot. The documentary is up for two awards at the TTFF, Best Documentary going up against eight other films from across the Caribbean and Best T&T Film for which it is competing against Art Connect.

Globe was quietly put up for sale early last year with the then owners seeking to get TT$25m for the property. The cinema is now the only stand-alone single screen cinema remaining on the island as the Palladium in Tunapuna closed it doors last month. That cinema will become part of a mall that will have a small Cineplex included. Globe opened its doors in March of 1933 and has seen many steeband clashes that took place at Green Corner back in the day. So it's appropriate that its new lease on life begins with a film on the steelpan movement.

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