Edward Theatre, Mumbai - India
3 cheers to all these movie theaters who have screened many a movies and entertained Mumbaites from past so many decades.
Long live these theaters and the entertainment business.
Once upon a Screen: EDWARD THEATRE (Estd. 1918) Still standing tall A PASTEL-BLUE building building with a distinctly colonial entrance, Edward Theater is a bit of a misfit in the jumble of commercial buildings that make Kalbadevi Road. And the collection of slightly dubious characters hanging around outside the theater adds to the incongruity. But it wasn't always like this. The Edward was once a respected cinema house, frequented by the European upper classes of the Fort area.
"Gandhiji even gave a speech here once," says Sanjay Vasawa, the theater's manager. Unfortunately Edward doesn't have enough documentation to make the city's heritage list – it was first mentioned in a land survey only in 1918, although the management has a land deed dating back to 1844, when the plot was purchased by a certain Bahadurji Jamshedji. "We will make the list only in 2018," says Vasawa.
Once you get past the slight sordidness of the theater, you realize that Edward is a little known gem in Mumbai's theater scene, if only for its sheer height. Its upper balcony area - situated at a mind-boggling four-storey height - is off-limits to women because "they get dizzy when they try watching the movie from that height."
According to Vasawa, there are no plans to sell the theater. "The owners, the Poonawala family are willing to keep it going even if it , doesn't make a profit, out of respect to its heritage," he says.
Above information courtesy:
Hindustan Times - Mumbai. (27th April Edition)
Article tittle under 'Gray Matter under the heading of
"Once upon a Screen" - written by Journalist Riddhi Shah.