5 best Mumbai cinemas

5 best Mumbai cinemas

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Blockbusters and burkas, booze and tasty bites, bells and whistles -- Mumbai cinema halls are almost as entertaining as the movies they feature.

Here are the top five cinemas in India's entertainment capital.

liberty cinema mumbai

Liberty: Art deco landmark

Journalist Naresh Fernandes, former editor Time Out Mumbai, once described Liberty Cinema as “Mumbai’s best jazz monument."

With a giant piano carved into its facade, Liberty is also considered one of the finest examples of the city’s art deco theaters.

Rococo carvings, majestic cove lighting and a 2,000-seater auditorium - it's super for when you want a side of art history to go with your popcorn and movie.

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41-42 Liberty Building, Sir Vithaldas Thackersay Marg, Marine Lines; +91 (0)22 22031196; libertycinema.in; Tickets start at Rs 50.

G7 cinema mumbai

G7: Movie theater for the masses

This old-school multiplex in Bandra (West) has seven cinema halls called Gaiety, Galaxy, Gemini, Gossip, Gem, Grace and Glamour.

Locally referred to as Gaiety, Galaxy, this cinema's audience is reputed to be the ultimate barometer of whether a movie is going to be a hit or a flop across the city.

This is why Bollywood’s A-listers, sometimes disguised in burkas -- yes, the men too -- flock to the grungy theater to witness the public’s reaction to their films on first day, first show.

If there's masala popcorn flying in the air and dancing in the aisles, it's a super hit.

More on CNNGo: 'Dabangg:' The best way to watch Salman Khan (at Gaiety, Galaxy)

Gaiety Galaxy Cinema, TPS 3rd,  SV Road, Near Railway Colony, Bandra West; +91 (0) 22 26558285; Tickets start at Rs 55.

Metro Big Cinemas

Ebony Lounge at Metro Big Cinemas: As plush as it gets

Book out the Ebony Lounge at Metro Big Cinemas in Dhobitalao for a private screening and score not only plush leather seating, individual blankets and a separate waiting area, but also a fully catered menu and -- here’s the kicker -- an alcohol list.

Although cinemas in the city aren’t allowed to serve booze, the superheroes here have managed to secure “one-day licenses” for private events.

Shot ready?

Metro BIG Cinemas, M.G. Road, Dhobitalao Junction; +91 (0) 9323512073; www.bigcinemas.com; Tickets start at Rs 220.

PVR Cinemas mumbai

PVR Juhu and PVR Phoenix: Food porn and hipster Mumbaikars

PVR Juhu has the distinction of offering moviegoers the best food options, including killer cheese and chili frankies by Salt & Spices. Chase these down with usual suspects like boiled and popped corn as well as dessert from Baskin Robbins and Brownie Cottage, but remember -- frankie is the star.

Bonus: Eye candy in the form of TV and movie stars who frequent the Juhu multiplex.

Film buffs who are fussy about legroom and cushy seats should check out the newer PVR Phoenix in Lower Parel instead, widely considered one of the most comfy theaters in Mumbai and attached to Palladium mall with its good food and good shopping.

PVR Juhu, Dynamix Mall, 5/F, above Shoppers Stop, next to Chandan Cinema, Juhu; PVR Phoenix Lower Parel, Highstreet Phoenix, 462, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel; www.pvrcinemas.com; Tickets start at Rs 152.

Inox cinema mumbai

INOX Santacruz: Bollywood on a budget

It may be located on a rundown street and inside a loud, tacky mall but the INOX theater at Milan Mall gives viewers all the basics -- newest movies, clean(ish) seats, popcorn and soft drinks -- at a significantly lower price than its upmarket Nariman Point cousin CR2 (Rs 150 for an Executive Class ticket as compared to Rs 250 at CR2). Full paisa vasool.

INOX Santa Cruz, 2/F Milan Mall, near Milan Subway, Santacruz West; +91 (0) 22 67258856; www.inoxmovies.com; Tickets start at Rs 89.

Kanika and Mansi are the co-founders of Brown Paper Bag, a Mumbai lifestyle website.

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