Sat, 01 May | Virtual Trail

Virtual Trail: Single Screens of Kolkata

The Single Screens Virtual Trail will explore and experience the history and the present scenario of these historic single screen cinemas of Kolkata.
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Virtual Trail: Single Screens of Kolkata

Time & Location

01 May, 18:00 – 20:00 GMT+5:30
Virtual Trail

About the Event

We talk a lot about the history of Bengali cinema. We take pride in Bengal's and Calcutta's cinema. We celebrate incredibly talented directors, actors and technicians. But we forget a key element beyond the success and popularity of cinemas and their makers in Bengal. We forget the historic and once hugely popular single screen theatres which brought these movies to the public, before the days of multiplexes and Netflix. The movie going culture of the 1940s to 70s  fuelled by these beautiful ArtDeco single screen cinemas and their affordable tickets, made cinemas a massive success in Bengal.

Movie-going then, was an experience unto its own. Tickets had to be bought a few days before by standing in long queues. Then the day that a middle class family went to a movie, it was as if they were going to attend a wedding! Preparations started from the morning, the house buzzed with happiness and anticipation. You then had to decide on a perfect dress, a beautiful saree, a dazzling piece of jewelery and of course, perfume and snow powder. In a rare bit of luxury, the family then hailed a cab to get to the theatre just on time for the show.

Unfortunately, we have moved on. The way we consume cinema has changed drastically, and the single screen cinemas that once made movie going fashionable, and brought about the success of films in Bengal, are gathering dust; some barely scraping by, while others have permanently shut shop.

Calcutta Single Screens Virtual Trail will explore and experience the history and the present scenario of these historic single screen cinemas of Kolkata.

The walk will be conducted via Zoom. Participation link will be shared with all those who have registered 12 hours before the tour via email. Please check your Spam folder in case you have not received the link or get in touch with us at for any queries.

Timing: 18:00-20:00 (IST) | 13:30-15:30 (UK) | 8:30-10:30 (US-East Coast)

Walk Leader: Tathagata Neogi

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