BY DAILY INDEPENDENT
The cinema culture in Nigeria seems to be on the increase in recent times, a fact that has been attested to by movie viewers. This could also be seen easily in the number of movie houses springing up across the nation.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on the basis of the upsurge of movie houses here and there, especially in Lagos and other major cities, movie viewers have responded to the development with enthusiasm, spending their time at weekends in such places.
NAN reports that there was a lull in the cinema business with the advent of video machines which afforded people the opportunity to watch movies at home and even at a lesser cost since they could view different movies in a day.
These developments led to the closure of major cinema houses and there conversion to houses of religious worship.
But in 2004, Ben Murray Bruce, now a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, under the auspices of his Silver Bird Group, opened the Silver Bird Galleria which has about five cinema halls and a shopping mall.
In Lagos, some of the popular cinema houses that had gone moribund include the Pen Cinema, Agege, Roxy Cinema, Apapa, Casino, Yaba, Oregie Cinema Ajegunle.
However, some have rebounded, while some are undergoing renovation with a view to once more offer services to the people.