The iconic Regal Theatre is closing its doors today after a span of 85 years. The theatre was opened in 1932 and stood tall and became a landmark of its own. Now that the theatre is shutting down, Bollywood celebrities opened up about their fond memories on Regal Theatre and shared sweet and wonderful nostalgic feelings!
Anupam Kher, Shakti Kapoor, Satish Kaushik, Manoj Bajpayee, Subhash Ghai, Nimrat Kaur, Rishi Kapoor and Divya Dutta shared their fond memories! Check them out below!
"I remember that my film Saaransh (1984) released at Regal cinema, and it ran for many months there. It was one of my finest films and a role that I would always cherish."
"I feel sad. My first date during my college days was at the Regal cinema and I vividly remember that the theatre used to have this royal feel to it, with different boxes. There used to be boxes for six people and four people and we had taken the one for four of us. The theatre's royal feeling will never be forgotten."
"My school used to be at Mandir Marg, near Connaught place, and we would bunk classes and go to Regal to watch movies. Once the entire class bunked the school and went to watch the film Anand (1971). Later, we all got reprimanded for it, but that's a different story. One of my first few films was shot there . I was also an Assistant Director then, and played a short part in the film. So, to shoot my first film in a theatre, where I watched a lot of films was a special feeling for me."
"When we were looking for work in our initial days, Regal used to be our place to watch all kinds of films. It used to be quite exciting, and definitely sad that such a landmark is closing down."
"I used to stay near Connaught Place, and Regal was a place that I would often visit. It was as ‘regal' as its name. It's sad to see it closing because today we need bigger screens to give audience a good experience, which is not the case with multiplexes. If people want to experience a movie on the big screen, Regal was one place to go. I request government organisations to support big screen theatres."
"The first film I watched in a theatre was Janbaaz (1986), and at Regal cinema. I remember going there and I was mesmerised by the theatre, and since then, I've watched so many films there. It would be a complete full day outing, where we'd watch a film and then go and have almond milk at Keventers."
"Sad to know that such a classic theatre is shutting down. I have loads of memories of Regal cinema because I've grown up in Delhi. My first feature film that I saw in theatre was at Regal - Kaala Patthar (1979). I remember there is Hanuman Mandir close by. So, it used to be a ritual for us to watch a movie at Regal and then go and enjoy the chaat and kachauri outside Hanuman Mandir."