tale of two landmarks

The only theatre in the city screening Malayalam movies – Anand Theatre on Mount Road is making way for (what else?) a shopping complex. Mayookhyam will be the last show to be screened there on July 6th, a day after the late founder G Umapathy’s birthday. There is a strong possibility of housing two smaller theatres in the shopping complex once it is complete.

Thought I’m not an avid Malayalam movie goer, there are many who would definitely miss the Malayalam movies being screened at Anand. I doubt if there is any other theatre screening Malayalam movies in the city. Telegu movie goers are a luckier lot in the city. Jayaprada on GP road screens Telegu movies, and sometimes even the famed Casino theatre screens Telegu movies.

While one landmark of Chennai is being demolished, a revival of another lesser known landmark of the city is being sought. The first railway station in South India, the Royapuram Railway station built way back in 1856 over an area of 23 acres turns 150 years old this year.


The station has been recently renovated to mark its 150 anniversary, but it still isn’t being utilised optimally. When the Central and Egmore stations were built, this station was neglected, and secondly also South and Central Chennai gained prominence over North Chennai.

The residents want the railway station to be revived and serve as a third station, along with Egmore and Central. If this is implemented, it would definitely ease the congestion at Central and Egmore as a large number of passengers travelling to south Tamil Nadu are from North Chennai. This station could also be expanded as a hub for MRTS and suburban trains. The only stop in north Chennai for suburban trains is the beach station, which doesn’t connect many areas of north Chennai like Manali and Ennore. Commuters have to switch to a bus from Beach station, if the take the train. With the opening of this station, congestion in and around Parry’s corner can be reduced, and commuters will find commuting to north Chennai easier.

2 Comments so far

  1. Kaps (unregistered) on July 5th, 2006 @ 2:27 pm

    Sapphire used to screen Malayalam movies…..but it went the JJ way (or is it PMK now?). Sathyam does screen Telugu movies from time to time. BTW, aren’t there other theatres which screen sidey Mallu movies?

  2. Saravanan (unregistered) on July 6th, 2006 @ 2:15 am

    Apart form Anand theatre, Sangam complex screens malayalam movies regularly.

    Some time back Anand theatre was converted into a marriage hall. But it was converted into cinema hall in mid 2003. Now it is sad that they are converting the theatre into a shopping complex.

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