When was the last time you grabbed a bag of popcorn packed in plastic instead of fancy containers? Or ate a samosa for INR 20 while watching a movie? If you're someone who loves all the occasional whistles during scenes, and you love singing along with the actors when a song's on in a film, head to these cinema halls in the city. See you at the movies!
Saste Mazze: Catch A Show In These Halls Under INR 150
Regal Cinema, Colaba
It’s probably one of the most recognisable cinemas when one is going towards Colaba. This cinema is up to date with its movie screenings and a rear stall ticket can be bought at INR 90. The screen and the theatre itself are in pretty good condition, with people from all walks of life rubbing shoulders to enjoy the latest Bollywood hit. And as long as you’re here and saving money on tickets, spend what’s left on a beer at Leopold Cafe.
Shell Out: INR 90 for stalls, INR 120 for balcony, and INR 150 for dress circle.
P.S: Afternoon shows are much cheaper. Oh and their bathrooms are clean too.
Galaxy Gaeity, Bandra
Galaxy was the city’s first multiplex and still attracts a hoard of movie fans till date. It will remind you of the nineties since it retains the old world charm. Don’t forget to drop by the concession stand for goodies, as well as take something for your Instagram feed. The walls are done up in an adorably retro, Wes Anderson-vibing space theme. And during a Khan film, you'll see a huge line of people waiting to enter the hall.
Shell Out: INR 130 to INR 140
P.S: Make sure you go with a trustworthy friend though. Heading here alone is not a good idea.
Royal Talkies, Grant Road
Before it started screening Bollywood movies in the 1930s, Royal Talkies was known to show small documentaries and plays. With a seating capacity of 600 people, it is less frequented by Mumbaikars, but still a fun haunt to go check out if you want to know more about, and experience Mumbai’s cinematic history.
Shell Out: INR 50 to INR 90
P.S: It now screens Bhojpuri films, but in case you have that 'chull' in you to watch it, this one's a right choice.
Named after Kind Edward in 1914, Edward is best known for its screening of mythological classic ‘Jai Santoshi Maa’ that released in 1974. Believe it or not, when the movie came out, women actually dressed in ethnic wear and brought puja thalis with them. Although not great on infrastructure now, it’s still worth a visit.
Shell Out: INR 100 onward
P.S: There are a few sandwich wallas outside this theatre making the perfect aloo slice for you. Eat a plate of it before entering for your movie.
Roxy Cinema, Girgaon
This one's mostly flocked by college students. You'll find it bustling with crowd in the evenings so its better to catch a morning show here. Again, the pricing is super affordable and they also have their own little food court inside, so you can grab a hearty meal before, during or after the film.
Shell Out: INR 110 onward