Forgotten Cinema: The fading magic of Single-Screens.
The Edward Theatre
Named after King Edward VIII, Emperor of British India, the Edward Theatre stands amidst the characteristically gritty Neighbourhood of Kalbadevi.
One of the last standing single screen cinema houses in the city, Edward evokes nostalgia of a time one reads about in Victorian novels.
The pastel blue walls add to the fantasy, as one walks through the colonial facade, into this beautiful blue reverie. Three tiers of seating hold the dress circle, the orchestra, and the first class; a quintessential seating plan of The Talkies, as the cinemas used to be known.
The Edwardian interiors- white and gold trimmings adorning the pale blue walls, add to the theatrical time travel.
Old fashioned fans whirring, peeling walls resounding and wooden chairs creaking as you recline, you are taken into the dated Bollywood movies being screened; frozen in time.
Anarkali (1953) being one of its salient hits, Edward screens movies from the golden era, breathing the forgotten magic of film reels and their artistry.
Once a dream theatre for performing arts, with its orchestral pit, royal boxes and watching galleries, it is reminiscent of a scaled down European Opera house turned classic cinema hall.
Primarily drawing crowds from the working class, it stands despondent, amidst the few surviving theaters of Colonial Bombay.
Edward remains a hidden heritage gem, timelessly symbolizing the history of Cinema in the city, screening one dated movie at a time, keeping the magic of film alive. #everydayindia #india #everydaymumbai #mumbai #everydayeverywhere
Words by @anushkagupta5
Photo by @chiragwakaskar