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? If you want to experience the old charm again {on a budget, of course}, head to these places.

Regal Cinema


Photo source: Karthik Nadar via Wikimedia Commons

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 100. 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.

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. A rear stall ticket will cost you INR 100. 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.

New Roshan Talkies, Grant Road

07cheapcinemas07_adStarted in 1930, the theatre now only screens re-runs of released movies. Their seating capacity is 668 and tickets are priced at INR 15 and 20. A Parsi family, started it and there were benches for seating back then. Now, the seats are a little more comfortable, but the ticket pricing remains super affordable at INR 90.

Royal Talkies, Grant Road

07cheapcinemas03_adBefore 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.

Edward, CST


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. Tickets start at INR 100.

Gulshan Theatre, Opera House


Exactly opposite Delhi Darbar is one of the oldest and cheapest cinema halls of Mumbai still selling ticket at INR 10. Renovated 10 years ago, you can head here to enjoy movies from the eighties and nineties.

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