Squaring Odds – The Long Gone Flicks

Okay, here’s the first odd from my side!

Which is a sort of a blast from the past also.

Back in the days when city of Karachi had more cinemas than shopping arenas, the local newspapers always dedicate one full page of their daily copy for the currently showing and upcoming attractions of local and B-grade foreign flicks.

I found this old copy of local newspaper, dated back to March 1991, in an old trunk at my home one day.

This is odd in a sense because there are no more cinemas in Karachi. Shopping arenas with multiplexes are now standing tall and wide over those long gone cinemas, whose names were literally known to almost everyone in the city back in their heydays.

Names like Bambino, Regal, Nishat, Reno, Jubilee, Prince, Lyric, Star, Nashemun, Godin, Regent, Afshan, Roxy, Revoli provided cheap entertainment to countless in those days.

I was just a kid back then and the flicks weren’t kid-friendly, so I never saw one on the big screen.

For Becky’s The Square Odds 3


18 thoughts on “Squaring Odds – The Long Gone Flicks

  1. BeckyB February 4, 2022 / 9:53 PM

    wow, a whole page and just love how they share the details

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    • Hammad Rais February 5, 2022 / 7:28 AM

      I remember that for kids to peek on a page like this in those days was considered a sort of a taboo.
      Odd times!

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  2. Andrew Blair February 4, 2022 / 5:37 AM

    Hi, Hammad, some of those cinemas were also here. Most of our small cinemas are gone,except the Ritz. Deny, Verona, now each shopping Tower has a Hoyts at the summit. In the early 90s we lived on a suburb without cinemas. We had a couple of amateur Play Houses and Clubs would have film nights. There are none here except for the football clubs.

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    • Hammad Rais February 5, 2022 / 7:32 AM

      Thank you for letting me know about your town’s history about cinemas, Andrew.

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    • Andrew Blair February 6, 2022 / 8:15 AM

      If I went further back in time then the only cinemas were the Drive- ins some 20 miles or more away.

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    • Hammad Rais February 7, 2022 / 9:12 AM

      There was only one drive-in cinema in Karachi, from the 70’s till late 90’s. It was located on the route towards the city airport and I remember very faintly catching a glimpse of movies being played over there I went to the airport with my family. This happened in the mid 80’s.

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    • Andrew Blair February 7, 2022 / 12:39 PM

      I think it was in the late 70s when the Drive in operated.

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  3. Marsha February 4, 2022 / 3:33 AM

    Perfectly odd, Hammad! Great choice for this challenge. Sorry, you didn’t get to see anything on the big screen.

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    • Hammad Rais February 5, 2022 / 7:35 AM

      And I’m still wondering whether I should see a movie on the big screen or not because I prefer complete privacy while watching a movie at home.
      Thank you so much for liking this, Marsha πŸ™‚

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    • Marsha February 5, 2022 / 8:13 AM

      I think you should see at least one, Hammad. Then you have the rest of your life to enjoy your privacy. That’s my free unsolicited advice. πŸ™‚

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    • Hammad Rais February 7, 2022 / 8:51 AM

      Thanks you for the unsolicited advice, Marsha. I guess I would have to pick just the right movie then πŸ™‚

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    • Marsha February 7, 2022 / 9:02 PM

      There you go, Hammad. The only problem would be if you really liked the experience and wanted to keep going. I’ve had both, and I prefer watching at home now, but I’m glad I had the experience.

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    • eklastic February 5, 2022 / 2:34 PM

      Yes, it is. And yesterday I didn’t notice your title. I love the name”flicks” for movies. It’s what used to be used in South Africa, too. But like your cinema and the newspaper it’s on the way out.

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    • Hammad Rais February 7, 2022 / 8:56 AM

      Blockbusters, cinematic universes!
      These are more common nowadays. Sometimes, I watch movie trailers of a really old movie on YouTube. Most of them are always presented as motion picture event of your lifetime.

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