Delite Cinema was opened on 30th April, 1954 as the tallest building of the town
on the most expensive piece of land sold in Delhi per Sq. Yard. The Cinema when
opened was the first state of the art air-conditioned cinema of north India in New
The Cinema exhibited movies as well as stage performance in those times. The stage
performance was done by Prithvi Theatres through its mentor late Prithvi Raj Kapoor
father of the first family of the film industry in those time i.e. Kapoor family.
The Cinema was visited by distinguished personalities from time to time like Pt.
Jawahar Lal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, S.Radhakrishnan, Govind Vallabh Pant, Dr. Rajendra
Prasad, V.K. Krishna Menon, Sheikh Abdullah, Dr. Zakir Hussein, Chawdhary
Brahma Prakash etc. and film personalities like Shammi Kapoor, Raj Kapoor,
Prithviraj Kapoor, Geeta Bali, Madhubala, Nargis, Waheeda Rehman, Dev Anand, Rajender
Kumar, Feroz Khan, Dilip kumar, Guru Dutt, Sunil Dutt, Leela Naidu, Manoj Kumar,
Aishwarya Rai, Arjun Rampal, Shahrukh Khan, Anil Kapoor, Bony Kapoor, Jackie Shroff,
Rakesh Roshan, Vivek Oberoi, Subhash Ghai, Satish Kaushik, Mallika Sherawat, Emraan
Renovation & Modernization to keep up with time
To keep up with times, the Cinema was modernized with the state of the art equipment
during early 2000s by putting in huge investment running into crores to give it
a five star ambience while maintaining the heritage look and without compromising
on viewer’s comfort. At the time modernizing, latest equipment for projection,
sound and screening were imported from USA consisting of CHRISTIE Projector, Harkness
Screen, Xenon lamp etc. and latest DOLBY Digital sound system. To maintain low temperature
in the scorching heat of Delhi two AC plants of 120 Ton capacity with 100% power
backup were added to maintain ambient temperature of 20 degrees Celsius. After doing
the modernization, Delite has become the first choice of people as well as distributors,
film producers for watching/screening movies at this theatre.
Further ongoing development and conversion into multiplex
Seeing the trend of Multiplex screen cinemas, Delite converted into a multiplex
by adding another screen and the same was named as Delite Diamond. The screen so
created looks like a Darbar Hall of the Royalty. It has got hand painted Dome, Brocade
Seating, Belgium Crystal Handles on the Door, hand crafted Egyptian Carpet with
heavy wooden carvings, Czech Chandeliers and state of the art equipment and canteen.
While creating this Multiplex, the original screen was further upgraded to become
much more luxurious by making Italian marble toilet with carved wooden sofas to
relax in the toilet along with up gradation of the swanky canteen to support the
snack service to the cinema. Huge Variety of top quality snacks along with French
Fry making machine, Chusky making machine, Hot corn making machine were added from
time to time so as to give the viewers a much larger variety of quality snacks as
against the routine one found in other cinemas. In fact Delite’s Maha Samosa
has already become a brand and is talk of the town.
No outing for family is comfortable unless it is backed by easy availability of
huge parking space. To meet this requirement, a huge parking space on the main Asaf
Ali Road with parking facility of 1000s of cars was created by MCD. By today’s
standard parking facilities are much easier than one could find at his home or his
No family entertainment is complete unless it ends up with sumptuous food of different
variety. For this it has provided a luxury restaurant/fine dining facility which
serves different variety of cuisines i.e. South Indian food, North Indian Food and
Variety of snacks in a luxurious and comfortable environment in our restaurant situated
at Delite premises known as Bhaja Govindam.