Raj Mandir Cinema

Bhawandas Road,
Jaipur 302001

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The Raj Mandir Cinema opened on 1st June 1976 with the film “Charas”. It was designed by architect W.M. Namjoshi in a spectacular Art Moderne style.

The exterior of the building consists of various asymetrical shapes, zig-zags, curves and even stars set into the facade, all lit at night by concealed lighting. The theatre’s name is located on top of the building in large red neon letters and it also boasts the legend ‘The Showplace of the Nation – Experience the Excellence’.

In the large foyer there are chandeliers set into domes in the ceiling. A large ramp (rather than stairs) take patrons up into the balcony area. Seating in the auditorium is provided in stalls and balcony areas. The decoration in the auditorium is awesome, with indirect lighting that changes colours, hidden behind and underneath a frond fern leaf-like plaster trough which has openings all over the ceiling and walls. The cinema is equipped to screen 70mm films.

The Raj Mandir Cinema is the best known cinema building in India and is also on the tourist trail for visitors to Jaipur (similar to the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California). It certainly lives up to its reputation as one of the most remarkable cinemas in India.

Contributed by KenRoe

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 25, 2007 at 7:13 pm

Another view of the Raj Mandir Cinema can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 3, 2007 at 6:50 pm

Here is another photo of the Raj Mandir Cinema.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 3, 2008 at 2:09 pm

Two recent interior views can be seen here and here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 21, 2008 at 2:32 pm

This is a 2008 exterior view.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 26, 2008 at 12:53 pm

Here is a great night shot of the Raj Mandir Cinema.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 8, 2008 at 3:05 pm

Another nice photo can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 1, 2009 at 11:32 am

More Raj Mandir Cinema related photos can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 24, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Here is a September 2009 photo.

Gooper on June 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm

I walked by the Raj Mandir in 1988. Glad to see it is flourishing!

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