Chitra theatre shuts down: Iconic places in Mumbai that no longer exist

Updated: May 16, 2019, 09:33 | Soumil Kamat
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    Chitra Cinema: After an uninterrupted run for nearly seven decades, it was curtains down for the 550-seat Chitra Cinema on May 16, 2019. Third generation owner and current proprietor Dara Mehta, who took over the business in 1982 from father PD Mehta, cited poor business as the primary reason for the shutdown

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    Mario Miranda Store And Gallery shuts shop: Legendary late cartoonist Mario Miranda's Mumbai store and gallery located at Linking Road in Bandra downed its shutters at the beginning of 2019. The store, which opened towards the tail end of 2014, had a four-year run and closed down approximately one month ago. The franchise owner said it had become impossible to sustain the business

    Read story: Mario Miranda sat Bandra shuts down 

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    Paradise Restaurant: Colaba's favourite Parsi and Continental meals Mecca, Paradise Restaurant downed its shutters in August 2018. After owner Jimmy Kadkhodai suffered a paralytics stroke, he and wife Mehroo decided to shut down as it became difficult to manage. The 61-year-old South Mumbai eatery had a fanatic fan following and renowned Mumbai personalities who were regular patrons at the eatery recollected fond memories on social media after learning that Paradise had downed its shutters

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    Flora: 31 August 2018 marked the end of one of Mumbai's oldest Chinese restaurants, Flora, in Worli. Flora was a landmark that was not easy to miss with its green tiled roof. It had been a favourite with locals and celebrities since it opened in 1967. The restaurant shut down property as BMC had declared Khanna Apartment, where the restaurant was housed, as unsafe.

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    Duke's Factory: The iconic Duke's factory in Chembur was demolished in July 2018 to make way for a highrise. The Duke’s factory moved from Cama Baug to a 2.5-acre plot in Chembur in the early 1970s and churned out bottles of popular soda filled drinks such as Lemonade, Mangola, Raspberry and Ice Cream Soda. The company was later purchased by PepsiCo but has been defunct since 2013. The Wadhwa group, a construction firm in Mumbai, later purchased Duke's factory from PepsiCo in 2017 for Rs 170 crores

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    Parle Factory: In the last few years, it is believed, the production output from the Parle wasn't significant, which forced owners to shut the manufacturing unit. The biggest biscuit manufacturer in the world had halted production at the Vile Parle factory in July 2016 - after 87 years

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    Strand: The iconic bookstore, Strand, in South Mumbai, has been facing financial woes to the point that its famous annual sale had to be relocated from the usual Sunderbai Hall to space beside the establishment in the year 2016. As per the owners, losses had pushed them to take this decision to shut shop, which was in February 2017 

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    Rhythm House: Referred to as Mumbai's temple of music, the music store at Kala Ghoda that started in the early 1940s, folded up operations in February 2016. The place has attracted a loyal following of regular customers over the decades, including music legends like AR Rahman, Rahul Sharma and Zakir Hussain. The Curmally family, which owns the store, says they have kept the brand name, which could be used for a future venture

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    Cafe Samovar: A court order led to the closure of one of the most favoured hangouts of city artists and art lovers in March 2015. Started by Usha Khanna in 1964, Cafe Samovar in Jehangir Art Gallery was an icon of Mumbai's cultural landscape and, for decades, served as a haven for the city's creative minds across the arts. Especially known for its pakoda platter and pudina chai, not to forget the yummy kheema paratha, its menu and competitive pricing also added to its popularity

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    New Empire: One of the few surviving Art Deco style single screen cinemas in the city, New Empire also shut shop in March 2014. The 1,000-seater theatre was made in the then-prevalent Art Deco style of architecture and was one of Mumbai's oldest single-screen cinema halls. Regal opened in 1933, Metro in 1938, Liberty in 1949, while New Empire originally opened in 1908 as a live theatre where you could even watch plays. It was renovated later in the Art Deco style in 1937

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    Mani's Lunch Home: The iconic eatery at Matunga served its last meal on July 1 2016. Mani's as it is popularly called had to be shut down as the owner of the hotel refused to give two months extension till August end and the building was demolished by September. Famous for its Kerala type vegetarian food, this eatery in Matunga was famous for serving people with good vegetarian lunch and dinner at very affordable rates. During Onam, Kerala's harvest festival, they provided traditional dishes. Fortunately, the owners found a new space in Chembur

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    Crown Bakery: Established in the 1950s by Khodaram Golabi, this iconic Mahim eatery was later taken over by his grandson, Rohinton Khosravi and his elder brother. Back in the day, Crown functioned as a restaurant-cum-bakery. Generations have grown up eating its brun maska and kheema pav, and spending leisurely evenings sipping on Irani chai. Crown Bakery closed it's doors permanently in November 2016

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    The Wayside Inn: Another iconic Mumbai cafe, The Wayside Inn gave way to a Chinese restaurant in 2002. The place has great historical significance as it was here, at Table No. 4, that Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar sat down to put together large tracts of the Indian Constitution in 1948. Besides hosting the architect of the Constitution, Wayside Inn shaped the thoughts of modern India's finest socialist sons, ministers and lawyers like Madhu Dandavate, George Fernandes, Ashok Mehta etc. They savoured the ambience of antique wood cabinets, crisp red tablecloths, vintage crockery and sparkling cutlery

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    Donald House: A 112-year-old building on Colaba Causeway housing Canon Bar, Kamats Restaurant and the iconic Piccadilly restaurant, is standing on legs that threaten to give way at any time. The landlord of this building has warned all occupants to vacate. The iconic 70-year-old Piccadilly restaurant downed its shutters in September 2017

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    Center One: Navi Mumbai's first mall and one of the first around Mumbai region, Center One, downed shutters in March 2015. Most shops in the mall had already closed down, before the mall itself shut down. The mall opened to the public in 2003, and while local residents have fond memories of the same, it could not stand the test of time. The old building has undergone heavy revamp and it is now home to Future Group’s multibrand large format chain Central

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    Strand theatre: It was one of the most prestigious South Mumbai theatres, and screened Hollywood masterpieces. 'McKenna's Gold' that was screened here is the longest running Hollywood English language movie in the town. It went well over 42 weeks without any break! The landmark theatre, which has been defunct for nearly two decades, has been bought over by Kwality head honcho Ravi Ghai

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    Rupam cinema: This single screen lost the battle of time and had to make its way for a multi-theatre. Cinemax Sion, a multiplex, stands where Rupam cinema once stood

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    Tea Centre: This cafe in Churchgate was once a refuge of the 'intellectual'. Round tables served chai and tasty samosas when guests tinkled a bell to flag a waiter. It was resurrected by adman and hospitality entrepreneur Prahlad Kakar in the late 1990s but has been shut since December 2016

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One of Mumbai's first AC theatre Chitra Cinema in Dadar recently downed shutters as the owners were unable to sustain the business. Just like the Chitra theatre, many iconic places such as the Paradise restaurant in Colaba, the Duke's factory in Chembur and the iconic music store Rhythm House have closed down. We look iconic places in Mumbai that are no longer operational 

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