Chennai’ s pride, DEVI THEATER part of the Devi Group consisting of  DEVI, DEVI PARADISE, DEVI BALA, DEVI KALA , the prestigious theatre complex turns fifty, today MAY 23rd 2020.

The first screening of movies was on the Saturday 23 rd May 1970 with booking commencing from 21 St May 1970 with the movie SWEET CHARITY  (70 mm).

Let us take a walk down the theatre’s memory lane...

Several memorable, super hit films have been screened in this legendary theatre.

Like a professional sportsperson who is injured but not out, raising up like a phoenix, the iconic Devi Cineplex has always bounced back with the sole objective of always entertaining film lovers with their upgraded technologies .

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Devi Cineplex has always stood the test of time standing tall always, as a symbol of architectural beauty and design! Located in the very heart of the city of Chennai, it houses multi-level State of the Art four Cinema halls - DEVI, DEVI PARADISE, DEVI BALA, DEVI KALA - on different floors of the same building. Devi Theatre was opened on 23-05-1970, Devi Paradise on 05-07-1970, Devi Bala on 12-08-1971 and Devi Kala on 21-11-1974.

It was inaugurated by Honourable Chief Minister, Late Thiru. M. Karunanidhi, on May 17th 1970. Honourable Minister, Late Thiru V R Nedunchezhian switched on the projectors, presided over by Thiru A L Srinivasan.

 The first screening of movies was on the Saturday 23 rd May 1970 with booking commencing from 21 St May 1970 with the movie SWEET CHARITY (70 mm).

All the four cinema halls are fully air-conditioned with chilled water system, comfortably cushioned push back seats, tastefully done interiors, subdued lighting and all modern amenities in every respect. The building has a smooth flowing ramp connecting all floors besides two semi circular elevators. Each elevator can carry 10 persons. The elevators have Power Door Centre Opening Glass Door over SS Frames. Safety features of the Elevators are Digital Position Indicator in Landings, Battery Operated Emergency Light & Alarm Bell, Infra Red Door Screen, Fireman Switch & Overload Indicator.

The entire complex is powered with captive generator sets totalling 735 KVA.

Devi Cineplex holds the distinction of being the first to introduce online reservation for car parking and valet parking facility.


DEVI CINEPLEX, is proud to announce that Devi Audi is now equipped with the Top of the Line BARCO SERIES II PROJECTOR - DCI COMPLIANT DP2K-32B for its unmatched Quality, Image Sharpness & Brightness, Vibrant colours and exceptionally Rich contrast levels and also with Qube XP-I DIGITAL CINEMA SERVER-IMB. The newly installed amazing High Gain Screen with SEAMLESS JOINTS TECHNOLOGY has a CURVILINEAR width of 72 feet and 30 feet 6 inches height and with a projection distance of 133 feet with an amazing projection quality.

The first “STATE OF THE ART” Cinema in India to install DOLBY DIGITAL AND DOLBY DIGITAL SURROUND-EX SOUND SYSTEM. This system was installed by Mr.Michael Denner – Cinema Application Engineer of DOLBY Laboratories, Inc., England and Mr.V.Kishore, Dolby Sound Consultant, Chennai, India. It is also equipped with DTS Digital Sound System with JBL Professional Amplifiers and Speakers (USA) and Strong (U.S.A.) Ultra 80 Xenon lamp 7000 Watts Projection System, German make ERNEMANN 7000 Watts Projection System and Strong Endless Loop Platter System, the first of its kind in Chennai. Devi has a capacity of 838 seats.

When Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi was released here at Devi, magnetic soundtrack system was installed!

 Mackanna’s Gold featuring Gregory Peck & Omar Sheriff was a smash hit running to packed houses!

Several classics as The Man Who Would Be King, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, The Odessa File, The Omen etc released here had a dream run drawing huge crowds! 


Located on the third floor, this Cinema Hall is now equipped with the BARCO SERIES II Projectors – DCI COMPLIANT DP2K – 32B for its unmatched Quality, Image Sharpness & Brightness, Vibrant Colours and exceptionally Rich Contrast levels and also with QUBE XP I Digital Cinema Server.
Known for the release of several Hindi movies, Devi Paradise had many films of Amitabh Bachchan like Naseeb, Suhaag, Mr. Natwarlal, Satte Pe Satte etc enjoying tremendous run based the response of the filmgoers!
Rikshawkaran, which earned a National Award for M.G.R. had a dream run at Devi Paradise!
 Ulagam Sutrum Valiban, produced & directed by M.G.R., recorded its stupendous success story by its marathon run, here at Devi Paradise.


Bollywood classics as Chhoti Si Baat, Goal Maal, Khoobsoorat, Sadma etc ran for several weeks.
Azhiyaatha Kolangal, Kozhi Koovudhu, Shiva (Ram Gopal Varma) etc too had a terrific run! 


Located on the top most floor of the Theatre Complex, the screening hall was used for select purposes.


Special Shows & Premiere Shows for Select Guests & Media used to be held at either of the theatres.

 While Columbia Pictures had its office in the same Building Complex, 20th Century Fox & Warner Bros. had their offices in the neighbourhood facilitating screening of Hollywood films at Devi.