Tuesday, December 21, 2010

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Regal - Another iconic single screen cinema in South Mumbai behind which is the famous Gateway of India.
Designed by Charles Stevens, the son of the the famous 19th century architect, F. W. Stevens, the Regal Cinema was opened in 1933. It was the first of Bombay's Art Deco cinemas.
Executed completely in reinforced cement concrete (RCC), Regal Cinema was fully air conditioned, and had an underground parking lot for patrons. There was a lift up from the parking lot, a major innovation at that time.
The interiors were designed by a Czech artist, Karl Schara, and featured a lot of mirror work in the lobbies. The main auditorium had a motif of sun rays in pale orange and jade green.

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21 comments:

  1. I am enjoying seeing these Mumbai scenes, Deepak.

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  2. Another one of the marvelous, interesting scenes of Mumbai and your photos are terrific as always.

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  3. With all the Bollywood movies that they make each year, you would need to keep all these cinemas going.

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  4. Great shot. Single screen halls are becoming a rarity now a days.

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  5. il est magnifique ce cinema, j'aime beaucoup son architecture

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  6. Nostalgia and great affection...I was overcome with acute nostalgia for my days in college and learnt a few more details here.

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  7. Beautiful My World Tuesday posting

    Merry Christmas and have a nice week,
    Greetings, Bram

    Link to My Word Tuesday post!

    Seen on My World Tuesday

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  8. I love cinema and this place looks very nice!
    hugs
    Léia

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  9. Your blog is making me Mumbai-nostalgic!

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  10. it's great that you added the information too!

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  11. There are many such beauties at Bangalore. I prefer single screened theaters over multiplexes. It's cheaper. :P

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