Once the brightest stars of the city and a significant part of Mumbai’s popular culture, the hallowed halls of these Art Deco theatres demanded only the most stylish of floors to be installed at their premises. These distinct Bharat floors were a captivating treat for the patrons of the cinema and would contribute to creating an immersive experience for anyone who would step into its halls. Not only marble and terrazzo but BFT’s Colourex was also used to elevate the facade of these cinema halls into spaces of sophistication and artistry. Now a part of cinematic history, one can still hear frenzied footfalls, the anticipation and excitement, that long marked these theatres of yore.
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