The Regal Building
¤ The Attractions
This was one of the first buildings to come up in Connaught Place and
houses a popular cinema hall. Jackals and wild pigs still roamed the
area when it was being built. Initially Regal Cinema could not attract
many patrons but soon it became very popular with Delhis rich
elite. There used to be a bar in the lobby for gentlemen and a special
matinee show for ladies.
Unlike any other cinema hall in Delhi, Regal has a porch which is
forever plastered with colourful, sometimes lewd, film posters. The
pavement has been taken over for all manner of activity. There are
booksellers, ice-cream vendors, curio shops, music shops, lottery
ticket booths and weighing machines all pressed together cheek
by jowl. Regal has fallen on bad times since its glorious heydays. It
is a rather seedy, ill-kempt theatre that often shows semi-porn movies
to titillate its essentially working class clientele.
Apart from the cinema, the building is home to shops and restaurants
too. One of the earliest stores in the block was the Army and Navy
Store which has now closed down. and in its place stand the Khadi
Gramodyog Bhawan. But one place thats a must is the Standard
Bakery which turns out excellent softies, pastries and masala kulchas
(a type of spicy bread).
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