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 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
"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.
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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
"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.