The Raj Mandir Cinema of Jaipur is undoubtedly an edifice that catches the eye when passed on Bhagwan Das Road. This enormous structure has been compared to a meringue both from without and within, and it is wonderfully representative of what modern Indian architecture can achieve. The architect responsible for this unique structure is W. M. Namjoshi. The man employed the later branch of Art Deco called Streamline Moderne for this piece, and this is certainly reflected in the almost aerodynamic presentation of lines in this edifice’s shape. It is an unmistakeable building inside and out and one that you are unlikely to forget if you ever see it.
The Raj Mandir Cinema opened fairly recently, around the late 1970’s, as a matter of fact. The first film ever shown on the big screen of the Raj Mandir was “Chaas”. Throughout the decades of its existence, the Raj Mandir has shown hundreds, perhaps even thousands of films, and all for what has generally been considered a more than reasonable price. In fact, this is part of why the locals are so fond of the theatre: despite its sheer excellence of design and facilities, it has never overcharged in popular opinion.
There is no cinema in existence in the country that outdoes the Raj Mandir in terms of sheer size. It is in fact the biggest of all the cinemas in India, which is part of why it is often referred to by Indian people as one of the monuments that best embody the country. It is also one of the most opulent, especially from within. The streaming lines of its outside are magnificent enough, but the interiors are even more impressive, especially for a cinema open to the general public at its prices. The theatre is actually equipped with not only some lovely carpeting but also some truly fantastic—not to mention huge—chandeliers.
The Raj Mandir Cinema is also one of the best theatres in the country due to its technological equipment. The cinema is capable of screening even the higher resolution widescreen format films, the ones that come in 70mm film. Most films nowadays come in rather a lower resolution format, and are labelled as films in the 35mm format. This is the regularly screened film, but certain cinemas, such as the Raj Mandir, are capable of playing the larger format. Even now, most of the theatres in the world cannot handle these types of film, and have to stick the far lower resolution films of 35mm.
There are great movies regularly showing in the Raj Mandir and in the 70mm format, so you should definitely come here if you want to get the definitive Bollywood film experience. The Raj Mandir Cinema is clearly huge: in fact, the theatre is capable of seating just over 1200 persons. This, combined with its very affordable rates for both tickets and snack pricing, makes it a go-to spot for tourists and locals alike who are eager to experience some fine film culture the Indian way.