Delhi’s 85-year-old Regal Cinema Theatre bids adieu with Raj Kapoor’s Mera Naam Joker

Delhi’s iconic theatre, Regal cinema hall has decided to bring its curtain down after a golden run of 85 years. The hall will close its doors today, on 30 March 2017. Heeding to the request of the fans, the owners of the hall decided to screen Raj Kapoor’s classics Mera Naam Joker and Sangam as its closing shows.

The hall was reported to be one of the favourites of the legendary actor. He is said to have visited the theatre regularly and even hosted several premiers released under the RK films banner including Sangam and Mera Naam Joker, which released in 1964 and 1970 respectively.

The Regal cinema theatre that is currently playing Anushka Sharma- starrer “Phillauri” will be screening “Mera Naam Joker” in the evening at 6 pm and “Sangam” at 9 pm. The theatre owners are planning to give it a makeover and return with a four-auditorium multiplex. Over 80 per cent of the seats have already been booked for the theatre’s last two shows. The 231 seats out of the 658 that were put up for sale online were booked within 24 hours.

The last time the theatre had a full house was during the release of Aamir Khan’s Dangal and Salman Khan’s Sultan. Overall, the cinema hall has 154 balcony seats, 285 rear star, 40 box and 179 front seats. Built by Sir Sobha Singh in 1932, it was New Delhi’s biggest and grandest theatre, a much-preferred venue for ballets, plays and talkies

It was called the New Delhi Premier Theatre in its initial days. The theatre was decorated and rituals were performed there before the start of every film. Every show screened then was house full in advance for at least a week. It was also the most-sought after theatres for red carpet premieres of Hollywood and Bollywood movies. The Clarke Gable-starrer film ‘Gone with the Wind’ that swept the Oscars had its India premiere at Regal in 1940.

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