Mumbai is home to India's Hindi and Marathi language film industires, with over thousands of movies running on screens of various cinema halls. Till 1920s, theaters ran as single cinema talkies, by showcasing most live performances but in order to participate in the race of motion pictures, Mumbai theatres had to compromise on the glorious culture of cinema by bringing multi screen cinema houses into existence.
Here's a combined list of few of the oldest movie theatres and auditoriums in Mumbai.
Capitol Cinema House: Established in 1879, Capitol hall is the oldest theatre in the city. During the British era, several plays were performed in the cinema house. Eventually, with rapid growth of movies, the theatre was then transformed into a single cinema screening house. Located at CST, the theater still has loyal audience coming in to enjoy a show.
Royal Talkies: Located in Grant Road, Royal Talkies screened documentaries that showcased old Mumbai. Post1930, the theatre started screening other movies too for the audiences.
National Centre for the Performing Arts (India): Music, dance, theatre, film, literature and photography, NCPA presents all of these to the audience. The National Centre for the Performing Arts is a multi-purpose venue and it's motive is to promote India's rich culture. Founded by JRD Tata in 1969, this theatre has hosted performances of famous artists.
Rang Sharda Auditotirium: One of the most famous auditoriums in Mumbai, Rang Sharda is situated in Bandra. The auditorium showcases many popular dramas across genres.
Prithvi theatre: Built in the memory of his father Prithviraj Kapoor, Prithvi Theater was built in 1978 by Shashi Kapoor. The theater served as a stage for Hindi artist to explore and showcase their talent in the heart of Mumbai. Today, Prithvi is one of the most popular theaters in Mumbai also comes with an open-air cafe.