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The Metro Cinema was a project of MGM to promote their movies in Kolkata (Calcutta). It was the first of two cinemas to be designed in India by the noted New York based (Scottish born) architect Thomas Lamb, the other being the Metro Cinema in Mumbai (Bombay) in 1938, again for MGM.
Lamb drew up plans for this Metro Cinema in 1934 and it opened in 1935. It was built on the site of an earlier cinema and utilised some of the original walls.
MGM continued to operate the Metro until 1972 when they sold out to a local exhibitor and it now screens major first-run Hindi movies. In recent years it has undergone extensive restoration and is one of the finest examples of Art Deco in India.
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