These vintage photos of Mumbai theatres will take you back in time

Sep 20, 2018, 13:30 IST
  • These vintage photos of Mumbai theatres will take you back in time

    Plaza is a single-screen cinema hall in the Dadar. It was bought by Sakharam Govindji Keni from a Parsi owner and was given on lease to V Shantaram in the 1930s. All pictures/mid-day archives

     

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  • These vintage photos of Mumbai theatres will take you back in time

    Plaza cinema was also a target during the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts. It was attacked at 3:13 pm. The blasts killed 13 people and injured 37. The blasts were revenge attacks to the riots that had occurred after the Dec 6, 1992 demolition of the Babri Mosque in Ayodhya by Hindu groups

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  • These vintage photos of Mumbai theatres will take you back in time

    The Eros Cinema is an Art Deco style cinema located in Mumbai, India. It has a seating capacity of 1,204 people per show. The building was designed by Architects Shorabji Bhedwar

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  • These vintage photos of Mumbai theatres will take you back in time

    The foundation of Eros Cinema was laid in 1935. The cinema opened in 1938 and construction of this building on the then newly reclaimed Backbay plot housing shops and other businesses, apart from the cinema, took about two and a half years to complete

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  • These vintage photos of Mumbai theatres will take you back in time

    Minerva theatre in south Mumbai was founded in the late 1960s. It belonged to Indian film producer F.C Mehra and actor Shammi Kapoor owned a stake in it. It was refurbished in the 1970s. Almost all big films at that time would hold their grand premiere at Minerva during that time

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  • These vintage photos of Mumbai theatres will take you back in time

    Sheth Gokuldas Tejpal Auditorium is an auditorium located near Gowalia Tank, Kranti Maidan in south Mumbai. The auditorium mostly features shows catering to the Gujarati and Kutchi speaking community

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  • These vintage photos of Mumbai theatres will take you back in time

    The Citylight theatre is one of the oldest theatres in Mumbai. It is located in Matunga, opposite Gopi Tank. The theatre has been open since 1942. It is also known to host the Marathi Film Festival, screening the upcoming movies and classic hits in Marathi cinema

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  • These vintage photos of Mumbai theatres will take you back in time

    New Empire was a cinema hall in South Mumbai located near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. It closed down on 21st March 2014 after being in existence for over a century due to persistent losses

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  • These vintage photos of Mumbai theatres will take you back in time

    Ravindra Natya Mandir is located in Dadar. It is a large 911-seat auditorium hosting plays, musicals and a range of cultural performances

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  • These vintage photos of Mumbai theatres will take you back in time

    In theatres today, we have swanky seats and recliner seats but during the olden times till even 1990s, the seats were either chairs or sofas

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  • These vintage photos of Mumbai theatres will take you back in time

    Capitol Cinema is one of the Mumbai's oldest theatres. It is located just opposite Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. The theatre was originally built for performing arts known as Tivoli. Later in 1928, was converted to a movie theatre

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  • These vintage photos of Mumbai theatres will take you back in time

    All India Radio's Akashwani theatre in South Mumbai screened a lot of to Amol Palekar and Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s comedies

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  • These vintage photos of Mumbai theatres will take you back in time

    The Ganga Jamuna theatre in Tardeo was once a famous cinema hall. It closed down and was demolished to make way for a mall and multiplex with a huge car parking facility

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  • These vintage photos of Mumbai theatres will take you back in time

    Maratha Mandir is located in Maratha Mandir Marg, Mumbai. It opened on October 16, 1958 and has 1000 seats. The theatre is also famous for screening the movie Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge for 1009 weeks since its release in 1995, on 19 February 2015

     

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  • These vintage photos of Mumbai theatres will take you back in time

    Sterling was opened in 1969 with Doctor Dolittle, a Hollywood musical. Sterling was a frontrunner in terms of technology, being the first cinema in India to introduce Dolby sound and Xenon projectors. It was reopened in 2007 as multiplex

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  • These vintage photos of Mumbai theatres will take you back in time

    Sahakar Plaza theatre is located in Chembur. It showcases mostly Bollywood films and some of the regional. It had footfalls during the 1990s and was popularly frequented in the eastern suburbs especially residents from Ghatkopar and Chembur

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About The Gallery

Have you heard of Citylight, Capitol and Plaza in Mumbai? Well, if you do, can you remember how these structures looked when Mumbai was Bombay, years ago? Our vintage photos of theatres in our ongoing and popular photo series Throwback Thursday will give you a feeling of true nostalgia. Here's a look...

 

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