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Naz Cinemas Fremont is closed

By Matt Artz
Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 at 6:16 pm in Uncategorized.

UPDATE: Well, as would be expected in an eviction, NAZ owner Shiraz Jivani didn’t pay $54,713 in rent and other charges, according to court papers filed by his landlord. The landlord began eviction precedings in April after Jivani bounced a rent check, according to court papers. Jivani had sought a rent reduction and had been paying a lower rent, but that wasn’t good enough.

I’m still trying to piece together what happened to Fremont’s Bollywood movie theater. It was closed today and there was an eviction notice on the door.

Naz owner Shiraz Jivani didn’t answer his cell phone, which is unusual for him.

There was also a sign outside saying that the theater would reopen on Jan. 22. Also outside was a representative from BIG Cinemas, an Indian-based movie theater outfit that runs a Bollywood theater in San Jose.

He wouldn’t say much, but it appears the company might take over the Naz. He said he wouldn’t say anything until there was “an announcement.”

More to come tomorrow.

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  • http://www.ishanforcouncil.com Ishan Shah

    This is a blow. I continue my proposal from way back in last June. We need a movie theater in Pacific Commons.

  • Andy

    That is a very good idea. But I heard the NIMBYs here saying pc will become overcrowded, we already have one in UC and one in milpitas and theaters are dying anyway

  • Marty

    I agree Ishan. I’m almost ashamed to admit that there is no place in Fremont to see a new release. Stockton and Livermore are showing Avatar 3D on an IMAX screen for Christ’s sake.

  • http://www.ishanforcouncil.com Ishan Shah

    Andy, during this recession the media entertainment industry has grown by an astounding 12%. Its an extremely reliable source of revenue. It would cater to a wide demographic and would begin to stimulate the local economy as soon as it was built!

  • http://www.ishanforcouncil.com Ishan Shah

    I am with you. I don’t agree overcrowding of Pacific Commons is something that is a factor right now. The place has much more capacity than it is currently at.

  • Ashna

    I have full sympathy for Shiraz considering the current economic factors, it’s easy for small business owners to see a down fall, we should remember the good times we had when the economy was booming.

  • VOR

    The good news is it has been much easier to find a parking spot in front of Raley’s. I can’t say I’m excited about BIG Cinemas reopening the venue for that reason. I wonder if other tenants, especially Raley’s has discussed the parking issue with Weingarten Realty Investors?

    Guess there’s not much that can be done other than shop when the theater is closed.

  • Marty

    #6, Perhaps the FCN could take up the issue of banning a movie theater from that location so parking spaces in front of Raley’s are easier to find.

  • Rindu Muncie

    In a way, it is sad to see NAZ die a quick death, but Shiraz Jivani deserved it. He ran a horrible theater with horrible seating and horrible projection systems, all the while charging $8 each.

    Maybe one of those other Indian movie theaters can take over, but I’m with others here who think it’s a horrid location and that Fremont should get a new theater for bollywood films.

  • Rindu Muncie

    FYI, he still has one theater left, in So Cal Indian hotbed Artesia.

    Still kind of sad considering at one time he had something like 8 theaters in 3 or 4 states.

  • Marty

    Rick, perhaps an Indian themed theater made white people uncomfortable, similar to the discontent you felt at the Saddle Rack.

  • Rajan

    THIS IS A WRONG STEP TAKEN BY SUPERIOER COURT.
    WITH OUT HEARING OPP.PARTY. THEY DO JUDGEMENT AGAINST NAZ CINEMA.
    MR. JIVANI IS PAID REGULAR RENT.
    THIS WILL CREAT WRONG ETHICS THAT PROPERTY OWNER GET BETTER DEAL FROM OTHER, HE CAN KICKOUT TENENT BY ANY MEANS,BECAUSE AMERICAN LAWS FEVERABLE FOR THEM.
    THIS IS A DARK SIDE OF AMERICA, THAT U CAN COME ON ROAD ANYTIME.
    IF U R A GOOD REPORTER FIND THE TRUTH.

  • Ruchi

    I say good riddance. That place was horrible. The owner was rude and obnoxious. Our whole family hated Naz and had stopped going there 5 years ago. I know so many others who felt the same way. Let’s hope this new company can provide a better Indian theatre with a proper customer service.

  • http://www.omspices.com surya

    you guys can come to concord. they are playing hindi movies in brenden theatres

  • Bill

    oh well… maybe BIG cinemas does better

  • Rindu Muncie

    “Rick, perhaps an Indian themed theater made white people uncomfortable, similar to the discontent you felt at the Saddle Rack.”

    I love how you think you are so clever, but you are not. Naz was/is a horrible theater. It was dirty, not enough of a slope in the theaters, and had bad management. It drove the Indians away for movie-going, pretty crazy considering how many Indians are in Fremont.

    The Saddle Rack is a nice place. AFAIK didn’t suffer from bad management. It certainly wasn’t dirty, and had ample parking. I don’t think it’s a stretch to suggest that they suffered from not trying to reach out to local Fremont residents, especially the large asian community. HELL I never saw anything to suggest that the Saddle Rack even tried to promote itself to Fremontonians as a whole, regardless of ethnicity.

    To make some ridiculous point by saying that perhaps not enough white people went to Naz, is just that. Ridiculous, and you know it.

  • Marty

    Yes, equally as ridiculous as expecting a country bar to cater an Indian population. Perhaps Chuck-E-Cheese should cater to senior citizens. I like the idea of one place to see an Indian movie, and another place to listen to country music.

    (Actually, I loath both country music and Indian cinema, so it’s a wash)

  • Ajay Dhillon

    I agree with Rindu that it was run very badly.A few years back we used to go regularly to watch movies at Naz. But their rude behavior,dirty seats and dirty rest rooms put us off. They tried their best to be rude. So this is the result. I have been to the former IMC 6 in Santa Clara which has been taken over by BIG and it is a lot different and better. I hope they take over this place and open after remodeling.

  • Kumar Swami

    What matters a good theater for Bollywood Cinema & Professional Management. after all Customers pay!

  • awesome

    well it was awesome but bad restrooms. I like the guy named mir

  • Richa Gupta

    I visited Naz8 in Artesia and it sucks big time. The owner was very rude and he also misbehaved with us. I know Indians dont have much options here to watch Bollywood movies, but I would suggest that you should not go here.Either to go Irvine or watch movies online. Naz8 cheats by accepting only cash (and doesnt provide any bill) and the management is full of cheap and ill mannered people.