It looks likely that a group of us will be in Mumbai for a few days in June. We're wondering if there's a really nice cinema (not just a chain) where we can go to watch a Bollywood screening with the local audience experience (cheering etc?)

  • Don't just stop there. Mumbai is the home of Hollywood, and its easier for a foreigner to even act in one!
    – AKS
    Commented Feb 10, 2016 at 16:50
  • @AyeshK of course (although you mean Bollywood right?), and we already have a question on that very topic ;)
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Feb 10, 2016 at 17:37
  • Sorry, yep Bollywood I meant. Enjoy your trip!
    – AKS
    Commented Feb 10, 2016 at 18:58
  • Book the ticket online. Less hassle.
    – blvdeer
    Commented Feb 26, 2016 at 15:21

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If you really want to know how lower class and lower middle class people of India watch movies, you can visit Maratha Mandir theater. The quality of theater is not that good but it has some history associated with it. It has a record of screening superhit Bollywood movie "Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge" for continuous 1009 weeks. Unfortunately it doesn't screen the film anymore.

The place is easy to reach. It takes just 5-minute walk from the Mumbai Central railway station.


It really depends on which part of the city you will be staying in. There are many old, single screen theatres in Mumbai, specially in the south part of the city, which is locally called 'Town'. I would suggest that you try one of the following:

  1. Regal Cinema: enter image description here

    1. Eros

    2. New Excelsior

    3. Liberty

  • I've been to Eros, and I believe Regal is quite close too. It's a really more like a regular western type cinema, and not the ones one might expect with the local people cheering when the hero enters screen (I can remember one like that in Delhi though).
    – AKS
    Commented Feb 10, 2016 at 12:15

Yes, there are still some standalone theatres in Mumbai, such as Regal Cinema, Chandan Cinema in Juhu and Globus Cinema in Bandra. However, it is better to opt for the multiplexes like – PVR, Inox, Cinemax, Big Cinemas.

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