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Maximum City's diminishing history

  • New Empire Cinema
    New Empire Cinema at Murzban Road, Azad Maidan, Fort, Mumbai - KAMLESH PEDNEKAR

    One of Mumbai's oldest theatres, New Empire was established in 1908 and was renovated and reconstructed in 1948, in the art deco style of architecture that was prevalent between the 1930s and the mid-1940s.

  • New Empire Cinema
    New Empire Cinema at Murzban Road, Azad Maidan, Fort, Mumbai- KAMLESH PEDNEKAR

    The New Empire Cinema is an iconic landmark that had a seating capacity of 1,000 and a cantilevered balcony. The theatre shut down in March this year due to heavy losses.

  • Royal Opera House
    Royal Opera House at Charni Road, Mumbai - KAMLESH PEDNEKAR.

    Royal Opera House was built in 1912, in the baroque style featuring a blend of Indian and European architecture. It showcased not just movie premieres but also live performances by both Indian and foreign theatre groups. The theatre was shut in the 1990s, but the Maharashtra government has taken the initiative to restore it to its original glory.

  • Rang Bhavan
    Rang Bhavan, Badaruddin Tayabji Marg, Dhobi Talao, Mumbai - KAMLESH PEDNEKAR

    Rang Bhavan hosted some of Mumbai's most popular Jazz and Rock festival, apart from Hindustani and Carnatic concerts, Marathi nataks, tamashas and Lavani performances.

  • Rang Bhavan
    Rang Bhavan, Badaruddin Tayabji Marg, Dhobi Talao, Mumbai - KAMLESH PEDNEKAR

    Rang Bhavan, the 55-year-old open-air theatre was shut down in 2004 following a high court order that favoured a petition that sought its closure on the grounds that it violated silence-zone restrictions. It is now being converted into a Marathi Bhasha Research, Development and Cultural Centre.

  • Sterling Cinema
    Sterling Cinema at Murzban Road, Azad Maidan, Fort, Mumbai- KAMLESH PEDNEKAR

    Set up in 1969, Sterling Theatre was the first cinema hall in India to use Dolby sound and Xenon projectors.

  • Sterling Cinema
    Sterling Cinema at Murzban Road, Azad Maidan, Fort, Mumbai- KAMLESH PEDNEKAR

    Sterling Cinema was a Mecca for Hollywood films, but was ultimately converted into a Multiplex establishment in 2007, as it was becoming difficult for it to survive as a single-screen hall.

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