new york, New York
December 30, 2005
The floors in this old-fashioned, high-ceiling Bollywood movie theater are so sticky with popcorn butter that I doubt they've been cleaned since the place opened as an art house theater in the 70s. But that's okay, because this is definitely the most amazingly offbeat place to watch random movies in the area. I was amazed the first time I walked in, because I've never seen a theater like it before. It's generally frequented by people from the area's Indian community. Not many other people even know it exists because it's located on a lone block of Chinese restaurants and laundromats in an otherwise dull residential area. I have a friend who lives a few blocks away, and my sister and I wondered about it for a while on the walk to her house until we finally got the chance to check it out.
As far as I know, the only way to find out what's playing is to go to there and look at the handwritten posters hanging on the door. The theater isn't listed on Moviephone or in any of the local papers. Unfortunately, they tend to show only a single movie a night, a few nights a week, usually with subtitles. It would be nice if they had more movies to choose from, more often, but I guess they can't afford it or something.
Bollywood movies are usually hilarious, because the directors don't seem to care if they make much sense. They're also generally very long, Id say 3 hours on average. I don't have any pictures, but I found some, along with other interesting tidbits about the theatre, at www.cinematreasures.org/theater/4029/.
From journal Queens, New York from a Silly, Jobless Young Native