South India’s Old-Fashioned Cinemas

Between 2010 and 2013, artists Stefanie Zoche and the late Sabine Haubitz traveled to South India (and seemingly back in time) to photograph the country’s multitude of old-fashioned theaters. Each cinema they captured “displays an unusual mixture of Modernism, local architectural elements, a strong use of color and, in the case of some older cinema halls, of Art Deco,” writes the duo. The retro theaters could easily fit into a scene from a Wes Anderson film and, in a world where monstrous entertainment complexes are constantly popping up, they’re a romantic reminder of simpler times.