Metro BIG Cinema

Metro BIG Cinema

Mahatma Gandhi Rd., Mumbai,
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Original Debut: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer—the studio behind The Wizard of Oz, Ben-Hur, and the lion that roars before every feature—built the Metro Cinema in 1938. Thomas Lamb designed the building, which had all the accoutrements of stateside versions: a marble Art Deco foyer; murals done by local art students; and pink-and-red-hued floors, walls, and ceilings.

Now Showing: The theater is currently owned by BIG Cinemas, the largest movie theater chain in India (20 million people are expected to watch a film there this year). Known for its Bollywood bent, the building has been updated and remodeled, mostly keeping its 1930s inspiration (though not in the restrooms, where LCD screens flash the latest trailers and film trivia).

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