“End of a 90 year-old affair in soft melancholy. Not a grand farewell to a place which has stood witness to grand spectacles,” writes Bishweshwar.
What do you write or say about a place that outlived an era?
Rex, the Octogenarian finally hangs its boots or maybe the stick. But not before the last show is over. Bang on time, the lights coming on and off with electric precision. The simple chips and refreshment stalls sending the boys to dispatch that little snack after the intermission.
In the Dark as the Cinemascope takes control of you for the next two odd hours. And above all, the comfort of having a supreme large size theatre all to yourself is a feeling that only a single screen can give. Like single malt, it never disappoints.
As the curtains go down for the last time, I took my camera and walked up the alley on a day of 31st Dec mayhem on Brigade Road. Here are the results.
Bishweshwar is a poet, author, and photographer. He currently lives in Bengaluru.