Liberty Cinema: Mumbai’s Oldest Art Deco Haunt Opens Up for Musical Soirees

Liberty Cinema: Mumbai’s Oldest Art Deco Haunt Opens Up for Musical Soirees
A vintage film-based mural at Liberty Cinema
(Miss Malini)

Liberty Cinema One of Mumbai’s most iconic film haunts, which was recently revamped and overhauled, has now opened its doors to musical and cultural events besides film screenings. The art deco venue built in 1947, hosted its first theatrical production last month and is soon to host a musical brunch called “Music Matinee” this Sunday, October 28. Scheduled to be the first in a series of monthly events planned by music network Indigo Live, the maiden edition of Music Matinee feature an art exhibition, a brunch, and a blues tribute gig by several Mumbai artists including Warren Mendonsa (Blackstratblues), Shefali Alvares (Distilled Soul), Nigel Rajaratnam (Discordian) and Siddharth Basrur (Goddess Gagged).

“We want to give every connoisseur a real ‘cultural slice’ that would translate into a fabulous sensory experience at multiple levels,” says the press release.

A culmination of live music, art and fine dining for the corps d’elite of Mumbai, the gala is touted to be an epicurean delight for the guests with its eclectic selection of wine and cheese to complement the musical revelry. “It’s the sort of event where business people can socialise and network,” says Roydon Bangera of Indigo Live. “There will be one such event every month. This month, we’re kicking off with a blues tribute gig.”

 “For me this is new, because I’ve never really done blues before. It’s going to be a bunch of great artists covering bands I’ve probably, well, definitely not heard before. I’ve had one sit-down jam with Warren so far and we’ll be doing a full run-through in a couple of days,” said Basur about his set. “Most of the material being covered is by conventional blues artists, I don’t think I can mention much but I can tell you for a fact that there will be at least one Jimi Hendrix track. One of the tracks we’re covering is not even a blues track, per se, just a bluesy track of sorts. I guess you’ll just have to see for yourself. It’s going to be quite interesting for sure.”

The Music Matinee Brunch will be held on October 28, between 11:30 am to 4:00pm at Liberty Cinema. Tickets are available through bookmyshow.