Curtain call: Cinema's old-world charm

There was a time when going to the movies was not just about what was on the silver screen. It was an experience that included long queues in front of theatres with ornate facades and regal interiors, hoping for last-minute deals with ticket black marketers, and shows that would run for months on end. As movie screens shrink into the palms of our hands, we revisit some of these iconic venues in Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai for a glimpse of what silver screens were really meant to be
By: Mexy Xavier, Madhu Kapparath
Published: Dec 15, 2018
Curtain call: Cinema's old-world charm

Image by : Mexy Xavier

MUMBAI: Edward Cinema, on Kalbadevi Road, was built in 1888 and started as a venue for plays. It has three levels, with 509 wooden seats. In 1974 it ran the film Jai Santoshi Maa for 52 weeks.