On a strict budget or recently turned into a pauper because of demonetisation? Want to watch a film but don’t have Rs 500 to spend?. Fret not, because Bayside Journal has got you covered! From the best place to watch a Bhai film, to the theatre that offers Wednesday’s discounts, and even Bhojpuri flicks and classic Bollywood movies, we have created a list of cheap cinema houses in the city. These theatres across Mumbai make sure that you’re entertained for just Rs 100 or less!
1. Paradise Cinema, Mahim
Situated in the heart of Mahim next to the iconic Crown Bakery is Paradise Cinema, which is definitely a delight to watch movies at. Currently, this theatre is screening Underworld: Blood Wars in Hindi and Kahaani 2 with tickets priced at Rs 80 to Rs 160. You can enjoy Gold and Silver category seating here at under Rs 100.
2. Movie Time Cinema, Star City, Matunga
Star City Theatre may look shabby and unappealing to the visitor’s eye, but don’t be discouraged by its looks because it is the only theatre in Matunga to entertain you at dirt cheap prices throughout the day. You can buy tickets for a 10 a.m. show for Rs 80, and if you decide to visit this theatre during the afternoon or evening, tickets are still moderately priced between Rs 100 to Rs 120.
“This theatre is more than 15 years old. I started working here in 2009, and during that time, the prices of tickets were between Rs 60 to 80. Today, four years after I began working as a ticket seller, the prices have increased but tickets are still affordable,” says Rajendra Mannewar, 32, who works at the ticket counter.
After the movie, you can head to Mani’s, Ayyappan or Madras Cafe to savor some delicious South Indian food.
3. Plaza Theatre, Dadar (W)
Located in the bustling market of Dadar, Plaza Theatre dates back to the 1930s, and is the go-to place for people who live in and around Dadar. The tickets here are priced as low as Rs 90 to 150 for evening shows. Currently, it is screening Ventilator and Kahaani 2 with 4 shows running on a daily basis.
What’s more is that it is the only theatre in Dadar and the nearby areas that screens regional Marathi movies on a large-scale. “Sairat directed by Nagraj Manjule ran for over 2 months and 8 days here. Currently, the Marathi film Vazandar starring Sai Tamhankar and Priya Bapat has been running for the last four weeks,” says the guard at the theatre.
So if you are in Dadar to shop or visit the Siddhivinayak Mandir, then you should definitely visit this theatre.
4. Roxy Cinema, Charni Road
Roxy Theatre is very popular among college students and the local Guajaratis, who throng this cinema house week after week. “This theatre was built by Yusuf Lakdawala 12 years ago. I have been working here for the last 10 years and the prices of the tickets have remained more or less the same. Our main target audience is the youth who come from the Hinduja, Wilson, and Lilavati colleges. On Wednesdays, we have discounts on tickets and they are priced as cheap as Rs 50. A lot of college students bunk lectures to come for morning shows as the tickets cost between just Rs 50 to 90. I believe that the prices of tickets will remain the same in the near future as well,” says Louis Fernandes, 52, the manager of Roxy Theatre.
It is located 10 minutes away from Charni Road station and it has five shows lined up every day for you.
5. Super Plaza Cinema, Grant Road (E)
This theatre is a must on your list not because the name is ‘Super’, but because it is a theatre that screens only Bhojpuri films. It has five shows every day, and the tickets are priced at a meagre Rs 50 for the balcony and Rs 40 for the stall. Currently, this cinema house is screening Nirhua Chalal Sasural 2.
Zuber Mohammed, 18, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, says, “It has been more than eight months since I moved to Mumbai, and I have already visited this theatre three to four times. Every Friday, this theatre screens the latest Bhojpuri films, and it’s a treat to watch them over here because the place is really good and the picture quality is up to the mark. It is very crowded on Sundays and this is the day when the prices go up to Rs 100 to 120 Yesterday, the theatre had screened Gharwali Baharwali. ”So if you want to watch movies made in a different language or visit Bihar and Uttar Pradesh while sitting in Mumbai, this theatre has to be your go-to adda.
6. Sun City Theatre, Vile Parle (E)
If you’re in Vile Parle or stay around and don’t know where to go when there’s a cash crunch, Sun City is always a great option. Sun City Theatre is the hub for cinemagoers in this area as it the best place to watch the latest Bollywood releases and Marathi films as well.
Another great aspect of this theatre is that it also screens Gujarati movies to cater to the local Gujaratis’ taste. “I visited this theatre to watch the Gujarati film Chello Divas along with my sister and her friend. Upon entering the screen, we realized that one of the seats we were allotted was broken. This meant that one of us had to go home without watching the film. I went and spoke to the office staff who apologised and also returned me the money. I like this theatre because it is easily accessible and very reasonable as compared to other theatres. My overall experience here has been really good,” adds Bindi Kapadia, who visits Sun City to watch Gujarati films.
7. Gaiety Galaxy, Bandra (W)
If you’ve lived in Mumbai and have never visited Gaiety Galaxy, then you are missing out on a great experience! Galaxy was the city’s first multiplex, and even today, it attracts thousands of movies fans. Until a few ago, they sold tickets at prices as low as Rs 70 and 80, but now, the minimum amount you have to shell out is Rs 100.
If you are a Salman Khan fan, then this is the perfect place to watch a Bhai film. The continuous whistling and commentary is sure to create the ‘Bhai’ zone! Diana Gonsalves travels all the way from Malad to Bandra so that she can watch films at this theatre. She says, “I love coming to Galaxy because the tickets over here are cheap and the crowd that visits this theatre is tapori. The energetic crowd makes it all the more fun to watch movies here.”