The Regal Cinema
is an Art deco Movie theater
located at Colaba Causeway
, in Mumbai
. Built by Framji Sidhwa
, the first film to be aired at the Regal was Laurel and Hardy
starrer The Devil's Brother
The Regal Cinema was built during the cinema boom of the '30s during which Plaza Central, New Empire, Broadway, Eros and Metro
all opened in Mumbai. Opened in 1933, Regal was designed by Charles Stevens
, the son of the famous 19th century architect, F. W. Stevens
. Its interiors with extensive mirror-work were designed by the Czech artist Karl Schara
. The main auditorium had a motif of sunrays in pale orange and jade green. Its interiors were designed to create an impression of airiness, coolness and size in harmony with the modern simplicity of the exteriors. The Regal was built completely in reinforced concrete cement (RCC), fully air conditioned, and had an underground parking lot for patrons. The elevator up from the parking area was a major innovation at the time.
The cinema was the third venue to host the Filmfare Awards
night. Today, it is a multi-use building combining a cinema with shops at street level.