Jul 062 min read

The Art Deco Theatres of South India!

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Team Kaarwan

Way before Netflix, YouTube, and even multiplex theatres, single-screen cinema halls, and talkies ruled the entertainment business, some dating back to the ‘30s. These oldest cinema theatres in India now serve as vanguards of the bygone days. Tucked in bustling cities which now boast state-of-the-art theaters, they are a reminder of how cinema theatres were once an important cultural landmark in every city for bringing people together under one roof.

Here are some such examples that show the vibrant Art Deco theatres in India!

1. Annamalai Theatre, Madurai

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Annamalai Theatre stands as a remarkable testament to the Art Deco architectural style in Madurai, South India. Nestled in the heart of the city, this iconic theater showcases the enduring charm and elegance of the Art Deco era.

2. Sapthagiri Cinema, Hyderabad

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Sapthagiri Cinema has played a significant role in the cultural fabric of Hyderabad, hosting a wide range of cinematic experiences that have delighted audiences for decades.

3. Pankaj Theatre, Alappuzha

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Pankaj Theatre in Alappuzha, Kerala, stands as a captivating testament to the Art Deco architectural style, adding a touch of elegance to the city's cultural landscape.

4. Jairam Theatre, Salem

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Jairam Theatre has played a significant role in Salem's cultural scene, serving as a venue for a wide range of performances and events. This builds stands as one such example where the façade demonstrates Art Deco style!

5. SR Theatre, Varkala

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SR Theatre stands as a captivating landmark in Varkala, blending the nostalgia of the past with the vibrancy of the present.

6. New Theatre, Thiruvananthapuram

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New Theatre is not just a cinematic venue; it is a living monument to Thiruvananthapuram's architectural excellence and a cherished landmark that adds a touch of nostalgia and elegance to the city's cultural fabric that showcases the art deco style.


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