Under the influence of new prosperity and well-traveled upper middle-class Indians, Art Deco entered the architectural vista of
Mumbai in the 1930s and 40s. A selection of residential buildings, corporate offices, and cinemas were built in the style. The cinemas remain especially iconic not only as monuments to the style, but also to a time of single-screen theaters when watching a movie was a night out, rather than a night in.
Eros Cinema opened in 1938 and along with Regal, Liberty, New Empire, and New Excelsior form the last of the city's Art Deco cinemas. Sandstone from Agra, India fills the striking red centre of the edifice.
In a city endlessly short on land with a surplus of people, Eros and the other Art Deco buildings struggle to survive. Unfair taxes, multiplex competitors, fading facades all lead to an expensive existence. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Mumbai is believed to host the world’s second largest collection of Art Deco buildings. In June 2018, these structures joined UNESCO's World Heritage List after a decade-plus campaign. For a trip through the city’s Art Deco reel, head @artdecomumbai, a local non profit and the only digital inventory of these sights. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Image: Art Deco Reel, Mumbai
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