New Empire Cinema (Kolkata)
|New Empire Cinema|
|নিউ এম্পায়ার সিনেমা|
|Type||Cinema hall, Past theatre auditorium, Heritage building|
|Location||Humayun Place in New Market|
|Address||1 & 3 A, Humayun Place, New Market|
|Town or city||Kolkata|
Major general Shamsher Jung Bahadur Rana, Home Minister of Nepal acquired 45 properties in Kolkata (then Calcutta). New Empire theatre was one of them. New Empire cinema auditorium was set up in 1932. The chief designer architect of this theatre was A. de Bois Shrosbree. At that time this theatre was used to perform Ballets and plays. Eminent performers like Yehudi Menuhin, Zubin Mehta, Uday Shankar, Amala Shankar, Bohurupee (Sombhu Mitra and Tripti Mitra) performed in this theatre. In 1932 Indian Noble laureate Rabindranath Tagore directed play Natir Pooja here.
In the early 1960s films were introduced here alongside theatre performances. In late 1960's this was turned into a complete cinema hall. Under the chairmanship of V. Shantaram, the First International New Youth Film was held in New Empire.
The Cinema in next building Lighthouse was closed in 2002, but As of July 2012[update], New Empire Cinema is still active. Currently the cinema's capacity is 1000 seats. The theatre management is running few food shops like Domino’s, KFC, Barista which is helping them to gain financial stability.