Historic Preservation
thesis on adaptive reuse of capitol cinema, mumbai
i m architecture student from mumbai n m working on my thesis on (the only victirian gothic cinema in mumbai) - capitol cinema...
since its located in a very busy location (exactly opp to V.T. Station) despite of my regular visits to this place i m unable to form a program for this building....kindly help....
the cinema is currently not functioning due to heavy taxes on single screen cinemas....
so i wud basically want to induce a function that will connect this building to its surroundings..........
plaese help
Neha Verma
thesis on adaptive reuse of capitol cinema, mumbai
Hi Neha, I have walked past this building numerous times in the last few months. It is indeed an extremely beautiful but neglected building that I believe can sure bought back to its glory with the help of some innovative thinking.
I am currently on that track and hoping to meet the owners and discuss ways in which we can initiate a rebirth of this site.

I just came across your discussion page and was wondering if your thesis has been completed and if there is any chance that I could have access to it? On the other hand, if you are still working on it I would love to be of any help I can be, perhaps meet up and discuss some ideas I have in mind.

I am currently based in Mumbai but live in Melbourne, Australia.
You can email me on


Kunal Khanna
Kunal Khanna
thesis on adaptive reuse of capitol cinema, mumbai
Hi Neha,
I am a Student of 5th year. I am interested in taking conservation as my thesis topic. Could u please give me information about your thesis topic ?? My email Id is
Thank you.
Aparajita Parnandi
thesis on adaptive reuse of capitol cinema, mumbai
Neha, Here in Britain there are conservation laws, by which historical buildings are offically listed and graded. Grade One means the whole building has to be conserved, Grade Two the facade has to be conserved, but the inside can be remodelled, etc.

And on the subject of cinemas, I believe quite a few single screen cinemas have been turned into multiplex or multi-screen cinemas inside while keeping the facade.

Again, as a stop-gap, many old cinemas were turned into Bingo Halls.

Also, old theatres and (Victorian) Music Halls were converted into cinemas, so there is a tradition of moving with changes in technology.
Frank John Snelling


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