December 7, 2004

The Bal Theatre Now Showing Indian Movies

Since the San Leandro Police arrested former Bal theater operator Brady Ferguson in February 2001 and the city revoked the theater's permit in April 2001 for showing "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" after midnight, the Bal theater had been relegated to free screenings of "family" and religious movies on an irregular basis.

However, now the Bal is part of NAZ8 Cinemas, a small chain of four movie theaters showing movies from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, China, Taiwan, Korea and the Philippines. The Bal is currently showing Yash Chopra's Veer Zaara. According to the press releases, "Veer-Zaara recounts the epic tale of an Indian man, Veer Pratap Singh (Shahrukh Khan) and a Pakistani woman, Zaara Hayaat Khan (Preity Zinta) - a story of a love so great that it knows no boundaries. It is also the story of Saamiya Siddiqui (Rani Mukerji), a Pakistani lawyer who tries to break the barriers separating the two."

You can check out reviews from the New York Times, BBC, and IndiaFM.

The movie is showing with English subtitles until December 9, 2004. Click here to see Veer Zaara previews. The Bal Theatre is located at 14808 E. 14th Street in San Leandro. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children. Call 510-797-2000 for up-to-date showtimes.

According to a press release dated July 14, 2000, "The Bal Theatre was built post-WWII, and served as the community theater for first-run films through the 60's. Sold to the Martin family in the early 70's, the repertoire changed to Spanish language films until the late 80's. Competition with VHS caused the theater to close, then the Martins leased the building to a Hindi movie company. The Bal has sat vacant since around 1998." Brady Ferguson and Desiree Costa re-opened the Bal on August 25, 2000, with a screening of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

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