Life in India is incomplete without cinema. Our love for Bollywood films is decades old. Today may be the age of OTT, but the real fun of watching a film in a cinema hall itself is different vibes. The fun of watching a movie is in the theater is not anywhere else. There have been many cinema halls in India where a film has gone on for years. Our same love for theater has brought us from single screen to the multiplex era.
Today we are going to tell you about 11 such cinema halls of Delhi which have lived before independence and post-independence India.
Regal Cinema, located in Connaught Place, Delhi, built-in 1932, is one of the oldest cinemas in the country. 2 years ago it was discontinued for a facelift. This hall had a seating capacity of 694 people simultaneously. It was the first cinema hall in Delhi where Hindi and English films were screened.
The Plaza Cinema, located in Connaught Place, Delhi, was established in 1933. It is the second oldest single-screen cinema hall in Delhi. This cinema hall has changed from single screen to multiscreen many years ago. It is now known as ‘PVR Plaza’.
‘Moti’ Cinema hall located in Chandni Chowk area of Delhi was established in 1938. Moti Cinema, one of Delhi’s most famous cinema halls, was closed many years ago, but people have not forgotten the presence of Raj Kapoor and Shah Rukh Khan.
‘Novelty’ Cinema hall located in Delhi’s Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Marg was established in the year 1930. It is one of the oldest cinemas in Delhi. Previously it was known as Elphinston Cinema. In March 2020, ‘Novelty Cinema’ was demolished for renovation work.
The ‘Ritz’ cinema hall located in the Kashmiri Gate area of Delhi was established in 1937. It is one of the oldest cinemas in Delhi. It has a seating capacity of 900 people simultaneously. It was rebuilt in March 1993.
The ‘Golcha’ cinema hall located in Daryaganj, Delhi, was established in 1954. It is still one of the famous cinema halls of Delhi. This is the second oldest cinema hall in Delhi which is still running. The Golcha has a seating capacity of 815 people simultaneously.
The ‘Delight’ Cinema hall located on Asaf Ali Road in Delhi was established in the year 1955. It was newly renovated in the year 2006. In the era of multiplexes, this cinema hall is quite famous.
‘Sheela’ Cinema hall located on DB Gupta Road, Paharganj, Delhi, was established in the year 1961. This is the first 70mm screen cinema hall in India. This cinema hall had a seating capacity of 980 people simultaneously, which is the highest ever.
‘Filmistan’ Cinema hall located on Rani Jhansi Road located in Sadar Bazar, Delhi was established in 1957. It was renovated in the year 2000. However, it was closed a few years ago. This hall had a seating capacity of 854 people simultaneously.
The ‘Imperial’ Cinema hall located in Paharganj, Delhi was established in 1950. This cinema hall has been famous for ‘B Grade Movie’ and ‘Matinee Show’.
‘Amba’ Cinema hall located in GT Karnal Road, Delhi was established in the year 1962. This cinema hall is still very famous in this area. Watching movie in India is always special & that time watching in the cinema hall is a craze. Young people having movie actor’s hairstyles, dialogue, & much more. Cinema is inside the heart of India.
In which of these cinemas have you seen the film? Comment below & share your experience? What makes watching movie in a cinema hall special for you?