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Raj Mandir

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The Raj Mandir, Jaipur, India

This Bollywood-boosting movie palace is tucked away in Rajasthan’s gem-dealing capital—fittingly, the seating sections are named after precious stones (Emerald, Diamond). Yet the ticket prices remain a bargain at around $3 per person. Built in the mid-1970s and still considered India’s top theater, it is easily recognized by its jaunty pink façade, which dominates the street. Inside, the heavily ornamented lobby resembles a retro-Deco ballroom in ice cream–colored pastels. Look for testimonies to the cinema’s greatness from Amitabh Bachchan and other Bollywood icons pasted onto a column at its center.
Bhagwandas Marg Ashok Nagar; 011-91-141-2379372


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