Nishat Cinema Karachi has the distinction of being one of the oldest and arguably the most popular cinemas of Karachi. Since the early years of Pakistan cinema, Nishat has been one of the central locations for movie fans to come and watch their favourite movies. Since the 1960s and 70s , the people of Karachi have been coming here in large numbers and have developed a strong emotional attachment to the cinema.
NIshat cinema is one of the big four cinemas located on the busy M.A Jinnah road near the centre of the city. It is located at the intersection of M.A Jinnah road and Dr Daud Pota road. The cinema was one of the most comfortable and well maintained ones in the city and had been renovated in 2000 to make it up to date with propr air condititoning, comfortable seats and state of the art screens and sound technology.
Nishat cinema catered to the general public without any restrictions on entry. Ticket price started from Rs 70 for the circle, Rs 250 for dress circle and Rs 250 for the balcony seats. Nishat cinema was unfortunately targeted by a ob of angry protestors in 2012 who were protesting against an insulting movie made in the west about Holy Prophet Pbuh, the mob used stones and sticks to cause damage to the building an then set it on fire.most of the building, including the tapes and projectors were burnt and to this day the cinema remains in ruins.
Moreover hundreds of people linked to the cinema lost their jobs and the city lost the cinema which before burning generated more revenue than any other cinema in Sindh and Punjab.