Memories

Sparkbrook Ward

Avtar Singh Randhawa

Avtar Singh Randhawa and his family helped bring Indian Cinema to England. Born in a small village called Saidowal in India,  Avtar came to England as a boy, before eventually running one of Birmingham’s earliest and most successful Bollywood cinemas, The Waldorf in Sparkbrook, which became the Shree Ram Mandir in the 80’s (see here for more information).

Film by Iconic productions

Photograph by Vanley Burke

Avtar talks about the first Indian cinemas around Stratford Road (download video by clicking below)

EARLY INDIAN CINEMAS OF THE AREA

Avtar talks about the free showing of religious films played at the Waldorf (download video by clicking below)

ALL NIGHT SCREENINGS OF RELIGIOUS FILMS

Avtar talks about the closing of the cinema (download video by clicking below)

CLOSURE OF THE CINEMA


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