Changes between Version 38 and Version 39 of Plaza (Bangalore)


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Jan 9, 2013, 3:27:07 PM (7 years ago)
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Lawrence Liang
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     24The Original furniture shop (From the family collection) 
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    32 Arcot Krishnamurthy got married and his wife passes away after giving birth to their first son. After his wife's death he went into depression and his family decide to send him to England to help him recover in 1930. He travelled from Bangalore to Madras to Aden and then to London where he fell in love with movies and decides to come back and set up a theatre in Bangalore modelling it on the Plaza in Piccadilly circus.  
     34Arcot Krishnamurthy got married but his  wife passed away soon after giving birth to their first son. After his wife's death he went into depression and his family decided to send him to England in 1930 to help him recover. He traveled from Bangalore to Madras to Aden and then to London where he fell in love with movies and decides to come back and set up a theatre in Bangalore modelling it on the Plaza in Piccadilly circus.  
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     38Plaza in Picadilly Circus, London 
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    37 After retuning he bought a lorry and sets up a 16 MM cinema projection on it which he travels with to the cantonment areas to show short films to the British soldiers in the military camps in the Cantonment[[FootNote(Plaza was special to many generations. Brig LERB Ferris AVSM (retd) remembers the Dress Circle, “You had to be well dressed to sit there. Young officers like me sat with our British seniors and watched the likes of glamorous Hedy Lamarr.” The lady was hot property and had a reputation for playing sultry roles. http://bangalorebuzz.blogspot.in/2005/03/curtain-call-for-plaza.html)]]. After Plaza was set up the same lorry was used to show advertise the films that were being shown in Plaza. He then mortgaged the property on MG Road to Asiatic Mortgage Company to raise money to build the theatre 
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     41After retuning he bought a lorry and sets up a 16 MM cinema projection on it which he travels with to the cantonment areas to show short films to the British soldiers in the military camps in the Cantonment[[FootNote(Plaza was special to many generations. Brig LERB Ferris AVSM (retd) remembers the Dress Circle, “You had to be well dressed to sit there. Young officers like me sat with our British seniors and watched the likes of glamorous Hedy Lamarr. The lady was hot property and had a reputation for playing sultry roles". http://bangalorebuzz.blogspot.in/2005/03/curtain-call-for-plaza.html)]]. After Plaza was set up the same lorry was used to show advertise the films that were being shown in Plaza. He then mortgaged the property on MG Road to Asiatic Mortgage Company to raise money to build the theatre 
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     72Crows line up to watch The Ten Commandments 
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     78Celebrating the 4th week of The Ten Commandments: (In the picture are many members of the Narrain family including A K Ananth Narrain) 
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     88The Demolition of Plaza Theatre: Image with Screen removed 
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    7990With the advent of multiplexes in the late Nineties, singlescreen theatres started running out of business. That’s when the family decided to sell the theatre. The last movie screened was Meet the Fockers — on March 17, 2005. The theatre was then sold to Shravanee Properties Limited, owned by a miner who wanted to build a commercial complex. But before he could get his project started, the BMRCL notified the space for Metro. The oldest surviving landmark on South Parade was brought down to make way for the Metro. Six years after the movie hall shut down, the family wants to preserve the city’s heritage by offering old photographs of Bangalore’s treasured cinema house for BMRCL to display at the station which stands on the other side. One is a black-and-white picture clicked in 1938 and the other a colour photograph taken in 1994. “I was the co-owner of the erstwhile Plaza theatre which our family ran from 1936 to 2005. I am enclosing on behalf of the family two photos of the theatre. After approval from your end, we are prepared to donate a photograph of any size and framing of any kind for display in the MG Road Station,’’ A K Ananth Narrain wrote to BMRCL managing director N Sivasailam on September 29. He never got a reply from the BMRCL.