After 7 decades, Mumbai’s iconic Chitra Cinema shuts down

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After 7 decades, Mumbai’s iconic Chitra cinema has shut down. Curtains were drawn on the iconic theatre, located in Dadar East, due to poor business.

Mumbai's iconic Chitra Cinema shuts down

The single screen auditorium stopped operating yesterday, and the last screening was of Tiger Shroff-starrer ‘Student Of The Year 2’ at 9:30 pm.

Mumbai’s iconic Chitra Cinema shuts down

Dara Mehta, who is the third generation owner of the cinema hall, revealed that the theatre wasn’t minting good money. He shared that the business on weekdays was poorer. Mehta had taken over the business of Chitra cinema from his father in 1982.

Speaking to ANI, Mehta said on weekends, the cinema hall would witness good footfalls, but on weekdays, it hardly added any collection to the business. “I was very young then, but I remember that Junglee ran for over 25 years,” Dara said.

Mehta went on to share that they haven’t decided yet if they will sell this land to anyone for private projects.

Looks like single screen cinemas are gradually reducing in numbers. With the advent of multiplexes, several iconic cinemas have shut in the past. Last year, 40 single screen theatres were shut down, according to a report on TOI. Only 26 of them are left in Kolkata, the report adds.