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The Iconic Regal Theatre: Curtains meet at 'Sangam' tonight, Forever
Raj Kapoor's classics "Mera Naam Joker" and "Sangam" will be the last two movies to be screened at the iconic Regal cinema today.

With Sangam scheduled for the 10 pm slot today, it's curtains down for the iconic cinema hall that was once known as The Premier Theatre.

Regal, designed by architect Walter Sykes George, opened in 1932 and lived a life of more than eight decades before its owners decided to turn the lights off.

But why did The End of Regal have to be with Sangam?

Because Regal did not have customers, it had fans. And as soon as the news about Regal's end spread, the fans approached the owners and requested for the two iconic movies of the iconic actor to be screened at the iconic cinema theatre.

"We decided to screen 'Mera Naam Joker' and 'Sangam' on the last day after a lot of fans requested us to bring curtains down with Raj Kapoor's films.

"Regal has had a great association with both Prithviraj Kapoor and his son Raj Kapoor. Prithviraj ji used to perform all his plays in the Regal theatre and Raj Kapoor made sure to premiere all his films here. He was very attached to the theatre and Nargis ji also visited a lot of times with him," Vishal Choudhary, one of the owners of the theatre, told PTI.

The future of the theatre is not certain; the first & second floors have been sold to Madame Tussauds; while it itself might come up as a multiplex, nothing is certain except the fact that tonight, New Delhi's Premier Theatre is going to go down into history books.

The end began with falling footfalls, increasing competition from multiplexes and fading of that class of cinema in which Raj Kapoor would drive in an Ambassador car, from Imperial, to Regal for the first-day-first-show premier of his movies.

The theatre, once a favourite hangout of Nehrus and Mountbattens, was eventually reduced to 'meeting place' for young couples looking for a few moments of private space in this city that is constantly moulding itself from 'Anupams' to 'PVR Sakets'.

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