Royal Opera House
, also known as Opera House
(formerly Bombay), is India's only surviving opera house
. The name ‘Royal’ got prefixed to ‘opera house’ as its foundation stone was laid during the British Raj
in 1909, and King George V
inaugurated the building in 1911 while the building was still under construction. But it was completed in 1912. Additions were made to the building up to 1915.
With cinematography getting popular in the early 1930s, the opera house was modified for screening films and holding fashion shows. It was in January 1991 that the last film show was held here. There after the premises has been acquired by the erstwhile princely state of Gondal
family on a 999 year lease. In 1993, the last public event: the Kathiawad
fashion show was held here. The area around the theatre is also referred to as the Opera House in Mumbai.
Ultimately, in 1980s it was closed down. Till recently, it was in a dilapidated condition but in March 2008 the Maharashtra Government agencies announced that they were undertaking conservation measures to restore the heritage structure to its original grandeur. The operational wings of the opera house at the time of restoration works were only a tea stall and shops on the ground floor.<ref... Read More