In some rather shocking news,it was announced that the iconic regal cinemas would be shutting down on 31st March 2017 . The cinema, which has been no less than a landmark in Bollywood will be replaced by a multiplex. Before it operates for one last time, lets take a look back at the journey of the theatre becoming a movie landmark:
Regal is closing down
In the era of chain theatres and movieplexes, Regal, which is one of Delhi’s oldest theatres has been forced to shut shop as they have failed to recover the operating costs. Business hasn’t been as before, which has forced the single screen theatre to call it a day
The Last show!
As a fond rememberance, the theatre will be showcasing Raj Kapoor’s iconic movies, Mera Naam Joker and Sangam on 30th March for movie viewers. The cinema house, which is running Phillauri right now will be showcasing Mera Naam Joker at 6 p.m. and Sangam at 9 p.m.
Paying homage to the master
The movie hall, which has gone various renovations in the past has failed to attract audiences. And now, as a final mark of respect for the patrons who have continued to visit the theatre, Regal cinemas will be paying tribute to the original Bollywood superstar, who often held his premieres here, Raj Kapoor. What better way than to showcase the master’s movies!
A classic amongst cinema lovers
Regal cinema opened its doors in 1932, way before it achieved the iconic status. What originally started as one of the very few theatre options for the people of Delhi, soon became a cult name in the cinema circles.
The reason for the shutdown
The makers have decided to shut it down due to the lack of proper infrastructure in place. The civic agencies have asked the makers to renovate, which requires massive funds.
An iconic landmark
The theatre has a place in the iconic cinema houses of the country. Some of the other iconic movie theatres include Maratha Mandir,Naaz , Delite and Raj Mandir and Odeon.In the lack of markets and other entertainment options, cinema houses often presented plays, poetry festivals and performances for the city residents.
Home for the premieres
At the time when Regal opened its doors, the Indian movie industry was as its golden age. Moviestars often came down to Delhi to hold premieres for esteemed guests and attendees. Some of the most priviledged guests include Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru,Lord Mountbatten and many of the 60s and 70’s susperstars.
Housing another classic
Two floors in the Regal Building were sold to Madame Tussauds in 1996, whereas the ground floor still remains with the owners. In 2017, Madame Tussauds will open doors to the Delhi residents.. While Regal might not be opening anytime soon, the building will house another piece of history in it.