by Muthoni Kimani
July 8, 2020
These are sad times for movie lovers. They woke up to the unfortunate news that the famous IMAX 20th Century movie theatre located along Mama Ngina Street in the Nairobi CBD is being auctioned.
The theatre has been closed since March when the first case of Covid-19 was announced in the country, IMAX is run by Blue Sky World which also owns Anga Sky at Panari Hotel along Mombasa Road and IMAX Diamond, in Parklands.IMAX 20th Century was the only remaining movie theatre within Nairobi’s CBD.
The theatre was the second commercial screen for IMAX in Africa, after Morocco, it could accommodate 255 people seated at a go. This came to light through a notice published in local newspapers, the landlord of Century Plaza building directed auctioneers to recover property from the cinema hall over rent arrears.
The Notice read; “Under instructions received from our client, we shall sell by public auction the undermentioned goods on Wednesday 15th July, 2020 at 20th Century Plaza, Nairobi CBD at 11am.”
The sale will include projectors, TV sets, power back-up units, retractable seats, roof, and wall-mounted speakers.
Those interested in participating in the auction are required to pay a refundable deposit fee of Sh100,000 to obtain a bidding number.