LAGOS – Some revellers at the National Theatre, Lagos, on Monday bemoaned the absence of film shows in the cinema halls in the complex.
The revellers, who spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, said they never expected this to happen.
A house wife, who came to the theatre, Mrs Fatimah Aliyu, expressed regret for being unable to watch a film with her children.
“I usually come here every festive period to watch films and catch fun with my family, but my family and I feel so sad not catching the expected fun.
“I do not like it at all. This is not the way the National Theatre used to be.
“Though we used to watch films at home, but there is more fun coming to the cinema,’’ Aliyu said.
Another reveller, a trader in Somolu, Mrs Adeola Kazeem, said she was also informed that the film entertainers did not come.
Officials of the National Theatre could, however, not be reached for comments concerning why the cinema halls were not used.
“We are pleading that the management of the theatre should do something so that people around Badiya, Ajegunle, Ebute-Metta, Yaba and Oyingbo would continue to patronise the theatre, “ she said.
A fashion designer, Mr Bode Talabi, said he expected the National Theatre premises to look more excited than what he saw.
“Although I do not intend to watch films but my wife and the kids were willing and the security men told us that film presenters were not coming.
“We are still catching our fun, playing balls with the kids but the authority should make this place more lively and more entertaining, “ Talabi said.
A retired teacher, Mr Olawale Agboola, urged the authority to fumigate the entire environment especially during the festive period when people would come and relax with their loved ones.
“I came with my girl friend during the Christmas festival but we could not wait in this environment for 20 minutes, “ Agboola said. (NAN)
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