Metro Cinema, a heritage structure in the commercial Mumbai
, is situated on MG Road at Churchgate
. It was established in 1938 for screening English movies from the stables of MGM studio. According to popular account, it is has been leased out for 999 years at a rent of just one rupee.
This art deco cinema was jointly designed by a New York based architect called Thomas W Lamb and a Mumbai based British architect named D W Ditchburn. It is listed with a Grade IIA classification under the Heritage Regulations of 1995 owing to its external and internal architectural features. This building features a tall external structure with terraced decorations. The interiors are well worth mentioning. On entering the foyer one is greeted with large mirrors lining the walls. The ticket counter is noted for its unusual cage structure. The staircase is lined with stylish metal banisters. The panels are made with teakwood. The exquisite murals feature the work of students from the prestigious J J School of Arts, who were headed by the director Charles Gerard. In the main auditorium there are four crystal chandeliers embellished with golden floral motifs. The floors boast of chocolate colored Italian marble tiles. The interiors, walls, ceilings, and the furniture contain shades of red and pink.
Metro Cinema, which was established for screening English movies, later on became a center for film premieres.