Another Mumbai cinema will be “redeveloped” into a shopping center
Last updated on
June 20, 2021, 10:00 p.m.
Movie theaters, especially single screens, have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic like many other businesses.
But with many makers turning to OTT platforms or high-end multiplexes, the road to recovery for good old movie theaters is long.
Dreamland Cinema, located on Grant Road in southern Mumbai, has recently bitten the dust. It will be “redeveloped” into a shopping center like many other Mumbai cinemas before.
The current owner took over the cinema over 35 years ago
Current owner Yunus Supariwala said YOU, “It’s going to be redeveloped and a shopping center will be built here, but there will be a small theater that will continue to show films.”
He said he took over 35 years ago adding: “Tezaab was the first movie that was screened … and it ran for 50 weeks. The last movie that was played here was that of Tiger Shroff Baaghi 3.”
Dreamland Cinema has a lot of history
Like many other theaters in the entertainment capital, Mumbai, Dreamland Cinema also has a lot of history.
Many films from the 70s, 80s and 90s like that of Shah Rukh Khan Baazigar, Jaya Prada Sargam, and Madhuri Dixit’s Tezaab were screened here.
He was originally called Krishna; the last film to be screened in the old theater was that of Sunil Dutt and Nutan Milan.
He became known as “Dreamland” with “Andaz”
It was with Ramesh Sippy’s Andaz that the old Krishna Theater has become the Dreamland Cinema.
One reviewer who had watched many films at the theater noted: “This theater made Madhuri Dixit, Shah Rukh Khan and Jaya Pradha stars because all of these films lasted for several weeks and drew audiences from all over the main city of Mumbai. . ”
Many cinemas in Mumbai have recently bitten the dust
Many theaters in Mumbai like Capitol, Apsara, Strand, Opera House, Diana, Shalimar, Ganga Jamuna, Alishaan and Edward, among others, have closed their doors lately.
One of the most emblematic demolitions is certainly that of the Ganga Jamuna theaters which closed 18 years ago.
The Capitol Cinema, just across from the Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus, is 140 years old and is reportedly awaiting demolition.