Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Empty theatre

There are no shows in Padmanabha Theatre these days. Apparently it is being used as a parking lot and I daresay it brings in more revenue than screening movies did. Padmanabha  came up when north Madras was the hub of social and entertainment events. So, the main gate had a tableau of Mahavishnu resting on Anantha; pass it on your way in and you know that you have left behind the real world.

In a few weeks, this building will also disappear. Real estate on Wall Tax Road is at a premium and this space can be put to much better use than to just being a parking lot!


EG CameraGirl said...

Parking lots are a modern fact of life, aren't they?

Anonymous said...

How sad. It looks like it was once a beautiful building. I'd love to see a photo of the tableau.

Anonymous said...

There's a theatre at Parla, Mumbai called Shaan. Once, the biggest theatre in Mumbai. Now, a ruin of rubble. I miss that single-screen time. With jubilees and matinees and what not!
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Shantaram said...

@EGCG: Oh, yes. And the moment one is available, it isn't even half-enough!
@LBPDP: Shall get them up somewhere... Facebook? Or Picasaweb?
@Radhika: Sounds interesting, will check it out. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi Shantaram!
I read Wall Tax Road as Tall Wax road- THRICE!
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