Chaplin Cinema (Kolkata)

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Chaplin Cinema
চ্যাপলিন সিনেমা
Chaplin - Cinema - Hogg Street - Kolkata 2013-04-15 6059.JPG
General information
Type Cinema hall, Heritage building
Location Chowringhee Place
Town or city Kolkata
Country India
Inaugurated 1907

Chaplin Cinema was the oldest single screen movie theatre in Kolkata. It was located in 5/1 Chowringhee Place. In 1907 Jamshedji Framji Madan opened this cinema in India.[1][2][3]


In 1907 Jamshedji Framji Madan established Chaplin Cinema, at that time its name was Elphinstone Picture Palace.[3][4][5] It was named Minerva Theatre later. In this theatre father of Uttam Kumar used to run the projector.[6] The condition of the theatre deteriorated over decades before the Calcutta Municipal Corporation overhauled it, and christened in Chaplin in 1980s. The theatre was demolished by the municipal corporation in 2013 after remaining non-functional for several years.[7]

This site occupied by the Chaplin Cinema, it has been demolished by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. December 2013

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  1. ^ "Cinema Century". Outlook. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Swati Mitra (2011). Kolkata: City Guide. Goodearth Publications. pp. 101–. ISBN 978-93-80262-15-4. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b pp 17-20, The Gramophone Company's First Indian Recordings, 1899-1908, Michael Kinnear, Popular Prakshan, 2004, ISBN 81-7154-728-1
  4. ^ "Milestones in Bollywood Cinema: 1896-1930". Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  5. ^ David Vinnels; Brent Skelly (2002). Bollywood showplaces: cinema theatres in India. E & E Plumridge in collaboration with Decorum Books. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Sukanta Chaudhuri (1990). Calcutta, the Living City: The present and future. Oxford University Press. p. 294. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "End of the road for Chaplin". The Telegraph. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 

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