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Neelam Cinema soldiered on as the last functional theatre until it shut for good in 2010

Firdous Hassan
Every time Mohammad Yusuf Sheikh (55) passes through Khanyar in downtown Srinagar, he vividly recalls the hustle and bustle of the old city back in the relatively peaceful 1980s.

One of his abiding memories from the time is of Shiraz Cinema — which Khanyar was once famous for, along with handicraft — and crowds from districts in the Valley queuing up every weekend for a new Bollywood release.

Shiraz Cinema, shut for over three decades, has long been a shelter for armed forces. It is a shared fate for cinemas since 1990 when the insurgency erupted in Kashmir. But the

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First Published: Aug 25 2022 | 9:52 PM IST

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