This is Ranikhet’s Globe Theater.
Now defunct. Plants growing in the ticket window and in between the seats.
When my parents came to Ranikhet in 1978, (my Dad was posted as an Army Officer in the small hill town), Globe Theater was the only movie theater in town.
When I was conceived, I watched / experienced my first movie at this theater. The movie was called Mazey Le Lo (Have Fun) and had something to do with a man living in the jaws of an alligator. IMDB listing here. The comedy movie was released in 1975. My parents remember it as a particularly ridiculous film, “One of the worst we’ve ever watched!”
After that, this, in 2019, is the closest I’ve been to the theater. I wanted to photograph the interiors as well but the building is condemned and going in not considered safe. I’ve driven by and photographed it earlier on previous trips, but always from a distance.
ABOUT THIS PERSONAL PROJECT
I shot multiple frames to construct this square, large-format plate of the building. The final image file is larger than 4 GB in size.
My parents and I have been going on an annual vacation to Ranikhet for about a decade now. I always carry my DSLR but wasn’t feeling too inspired this time around. Of course, that triggered an idea and I decided to focus on a few subjects that personify and / or represent Ranikhet for me and the family.
I ended up calling this series “Vacation Objects” and turned it into a personal project.
All images are shot in the same format and I’m writing brief descriptions to explain why the subject is significant.
In retrospect, now that I’m back in Gurgaon, I can see that I missed a few relevant subjects. Hopefully, there’s always next year.
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More from the Globe Theater.