A new story for Dubai’s lost In­dian cin­ema

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May 2, 2015, did not just mark the clo­sure of the last in­de­pen­dent In­dian cin­ema in Dubai but also the loss of a build­ing with deep mean­ing for many res­i­dents. The Golden Cin­ema, also known as the Plaza, opened its doors in 1972 and a more re­cent im­age above shows the build­ing with cin­ema man­ager Has­san A Kannu out­side. The 1,500-seat theatre in Bur Dubai screened some of the big­gest re­leases in Malay­alam, Hindi and Tamil over the course of four decades. It stood apart in a world of mul­ti­plex bland­ness.

In the last few weeks, the wreck­ers moved in and the build­ing, fi­nally, has been de­mol­ished. But that’s not where the cred­its end. Plaza Cin­ema, a new ex­hi­bi­tion by Emi­rati artist Am­mar Al At­tar, is now on show in Dubai.

Al At­tar has recre­ated 30 posters from films shown at the cin­ema, and the project seeks to ex­plore the im­por­tance of film and how it re­con­nects the di­as­pora to their home­land. As part of the show, pho­to­graphs and res­cued ephemera are also on dis­play. The build­ing may have gone, but a record if its his­tory lives on.

Plaza Cin­ema runs at Alserkal Av­enue un­til April 29. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. alserkalav­enue.ae

John Den­nehy

Time Frame is a se­ries that opens a win­dow into the na­tion’s past. Read­ers are in­vited to make con­tri­bu­tions to yourpics@thena­tional.ae

Courtesy Del­phine Mroue / Golden Cin­ema

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