Archives: Liberty Cinema’s Foundation Laying Ceremony (1947)
New Marine Lines.
Art Deco was undoubtedly Bombay’s national architectural style, flourishing in the 1930s and 40s and openly challenging with its bright colours and muscular motifs, the sombre colonial styles of Neo-Gothic and Indo-Saracenic.
But it was with the building of Liberty cinema, that we see a culmination of Art Deco’s engagement with Indian nationalism. The cinema’s foundation laying ceremony was held in 1947, its name reflecting the state of the new nation, and it opened in 1949, as a space where only Hindi films would be screened.
New Marine Lines came to house the city’s most powerful expression of its modernity, cosmopolitanism and nationalism.
Photo courtesy Mr. Nazir Hoosein.