Amid the ashes of Nishat Cinema

Published January 14, 2015
Burnt film posters inside the building. — Photo by Muhammad Umar
Burnt film posters inside the building. — Photo by Muhammad Umar
A burnt film reel. — Photo by Muhammad Umar
A burnt film reel. — Photo by Muhammad Umar
The old hallway inside the cinema (L) and the current charred remains  of the building (R). — Photo by Muhammad Umar, Nishat Cinema official Facebook page
The old hallway inside the cinema (L) and the current charred remains of the building (R). — Photo by Muhammad Umar, Nishat Cinema official Facebook page
A full view of the burnt remains of Nishat Cinema. — Photo by Muhammad Umar
A full view of the burnt remains of Nishat Cinema. — Photo by Muhammad Umar
The place that was once a ticketing booth at Nishat Cinema. — Photo by Muhammad Umar
The place that was once a ticketing booth at Nishat Cinema. — Photo by Muhammad Umar
The wall that used to hang film posters. — Photo by Muhammad Umar
The wall that used to hang film posters. — Photo by Muhammad Umar
A room full of burnt film reels. — Photo by Muhammad Umar
A room full of burnt film reels. — Photo by Muhammad Umar
The remains of what was once a gallery in the movie hall. — Photo by Muhammad Umar
The remains of what was once a gallery in the movie hall. — Photo by Muhammad Umar
The destroyed cinema seats. — Photo by Muhammad Umar
The destroyed cinema seats. — Photo by Muhammad Umar
A view of the completely demolished film screen. — Photo by Muhammad Umar
A view of the completely demolished film screen. — Photo by Muhammad Umar
The ticketing booth and staircase leading to the first floor. — Photo by Muhammad Umar
The ticketing booth and staircase leading to the first floor. — Photo by Muhammad Umar
Nishat cinema. — Nishat Cinema official Facebook page
Nishat cinema. — Nishat Cinema official Facebook page
The remains of a destroyed speaker in the rubble. — Photo by Muhammad Umar
The remains of a destroyed speaker in the rubble. — Photo by Muhammad Umar
Nishat cinema. — Nishat Cinema official Facebook page
Nishat cinema. — Nishat Cinema official Facebook page

During the violent protests of angry mobs over the controversial video "Innocence of Muslims in 2012", Nishat cinema became a target of vandalism and arson attacks.

The fate of the charred building of what used to be a bustling Nishat cinema now hangs in the balance as the Mandviwala Estate has put the 66-year-old theatre for sale.

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