Looking at Cinema, nostalgia of old Indian theatres.

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An article caught my eye today, about the nostalgia of old cinemas. This photographer has been capturing movie theatres around the world, including several in Mumbai.

From Morocco to Cuba, this Guy is Documenting the World’s Endangered Cinemas

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...German-born photographer Stephan Zaubitzer will have documented most of what we lost. In an ongoing archive of photographs, Stephan has been taking pictures of cinemas in city centers around the world, endlessly fascinated by their dark interiors and outlandish architecture that always stands out from their urban surroundings. It all started in Morocco in 2003 when his flight was delayed in Burkina Faso and so he went out into the city to explore and began photographing the city’s movie theatres. The rest is history– and a lot of its fascinating old cinemas.

Scroll down the article in the link for the Indian cinemas.


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I came across this for Delhi cinemas.

While exploring Old Delhi and adjoining areas like Sadar Bazaar and Pahar Ganj, I’ve come across some deliciously intriguing decades-old cinema halls. Some are doing fine, some just getting along, while some seem to have shut shop or might be under litigation. This post is a visual exploration of those theaters – I haven’t gone into their histories, though I’m sure each and every one would reveal interesting stories with a little digging into. I’m assuming that these cinema halls all came up between the 1950s and 80s, though dates would have to be confirmed.

https://sarsonkekhet.in/2012/09/17/o...-cinema-halls/
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Chaplin belonged to us :


We have lost Chaplin Cinema that was located just behind New Market ( Calcutta) & opposite CMC ( Calcutta Municipal Corporation) building. I have many fond memories of watching many many films with my near & dear friends in Chaplin . Once ( from 1997 to 2002 ) it was also one of the main venues for Calcutta International Film Festival.

Now it has gone ! The large square shaped area has been covered by tall guard walls . Construction work for something is going on inside. I don't have curiosity to know what is going on. Surely a garbage will come up soon there !!

This photo was taken by myself three years ago on my mobile , the last days of our beloved Chaplin Cinema :


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Some of these cinema houses can't be resurrected, but if you have a largish back-garden, they can be replicated as an art deco home-theatre:

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Film buff spends his £70,000 life savings painstakingly recreating an ABC cinema in his back GARDEN

By Joseph Curtis For Mailonline

Published: 10:28, 30 December 2016 | Updated: 18:37, 30 December 2016

• Anderson Jones, 38, spent £70,000 and four-and-a-half years building cinema
• The brick building is 40ft tall, 22ft wide and 20ft high with 17ft by 7ft screen
• Father of two Mr Jones said it will be for family, friends and film lovers
• It is a tribute to defunct firm ABC, which once had more than 400 cinemas in UK
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Alternatively, you could always find a luxury liner due to be scrapped and salvage its grand art nouveau dining hall, to build yourself a cinema:
3-D Panaroma

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The Rex Cinema in Argyle Street, Stonehouse, was built and opened in 1937 by travelling showman John Sheeran.

He had the interior of his new cinema fitted out with the fixtures and fittings from the first class dining room of the White Star Line luxury liner the “Homeric” which was being scrapped at the breakers yard in Inverkeithing.



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In 1935, the White Star Line scrapped the iconic cruise liner RMS Homeric. Just two years later, the new Rex Cinema in the rural Scottish village of Stonehouse unveiled an interior furnished directly from the ship’s luxe interior.

Homeric began its life in 1912, as a German ship known as the SS Columbus. White Star acquired the unfinished, 35,000 ton boat after World War I, as part of the reparations package. The Homeric would go online for White Star in 1922, running transatlantic crossings.

Topping out at 18 knots (19.5 following an extensive boiler overhaul) the ship was unable to keep pace with her fleetmates the Olympic and Majestic, which both operated at service speeds above 21 knots. After being replaced by the Queen Mary, following White Star’s merger with Cunard, the Homeric was reassigned to Mediterranean cruises for several years, where she was popular for her steadiness in rough water.

Scottish businessman J.E. Sheeran bought the ship’s opulent furnishings at a scrap auction in 1935. The gems adapted for installation inside the Rex Cinema include several doors, a wonderful mahogany staircase, a heavy chandelier, and paneled walls from the first class restaurant. Although time has weathered some of the fabrics and fixtures, the Rex remains a remarkable building - boasting not only the details of the Homeric, but also all of its original projection equipment.

The Rex closed in the 1950s and then had a brief second life as a bingo hall. It is still owned by the Sheeran family, who now use it as a storage space. On occasion, they open the doors to allow interested parties an extraordinary glimpse at the local landmark that, in another life, sailed all over the world.
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Sunil cinema in Hanamkonda, Telangana.

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Great thread, thanks for starting it TD. I hope to see more pictures here
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More interesting snaps of different talkies of Mumbai at http://zubinpastakia.com/portfolio/the-cinemas-project/
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Back in the days when I was courting rather tediously in Poona and dinosaurs roamed the streets there was the West End Theatre with a small restaurant where all the disreputable college students would go for a steak called a sizzler for about 12.50. I heartedly recommend these sites:
Ancient-Pune-images.blogspot.com
http://upperstall.com/features/west-...cinema-part-1/
http://upperstall.com/features/west-...cinema-part-2/
May be closed for rennovations.. Any puneites out there, Nadreg?
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Great thread, thanks for starting it TD. I hope to see more pictures here
Thanks Julia !

Happy New Year

Thanks mods for shifting this to a better forum. (And especially thank you to the kind soul who made the spelling of the title British not Murrican.)
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Great thread Rajmandir, Jaipur finds a mention in many places, including Lonely Planet for its 70s art deco style interiors. Photo of the lobby below from wiki commons. Most tourists come in to view and photograph this portion alone and do not sit through the entire Bollywood film.

Back in 70s, when the theater, financed by the Surana family (jewelers from Jaipur) came up, it was an attraction for Jaipurites themselves. So much so, that a lousy film called 'charas', otherwise a flop, completed a silver jubilee in this theater alone.

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