42 Maharshi Karva Road,
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The Eros Cinema opened in February 1938. It was designed by architect Sorabji Keikhushru Bhedwar with internal decorations by Fritz von Dreiberg. Forming a corner apex, the building also contains a ballroom and restaurant, together with apartments and shops and it took over two and a half years to construct.
The splendid Art Deco style facade rises in tiers like a wedding cake and is topped by a semi-circular tower. The central section is partially faced in red sandstone from the Agra with the remainder of the building painted light cream.
Inside there is a large circular foyer which is finished in black and white marble. The pillars on the walls have decorative Art Deco style reliefs of semi-naked female figures. Seating in the auditorium is in stalls and balcony levels. The side walls at stalls level have a large frieze which contains figures in an Art Deco style representing various activities in film-making.
The Eros Theatre was one of Mumbai’s (Bombay) luxury cinemas and remained a popular cinema for many years. It had closed by October 2019.
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