Mumbai cinema house converted into mosque

HAPPmosqueMumbai’s Alexandra Cinema in the Byculla area that opened in 1921, and that first ran classical, then modern movies for years, began some 3 years ago to take on a new avatar as a mosque-cum-Islamic institution.

The transformation began in 2011 when builder Rafiq Dudhwala bought the property for several crores and donated it to an Islamic NGO, Deeniyat, that deals in printing, distribution and sales of Islamic books to Urdu and Arabic schools in the country.

From the outside the theatre looks the same but its interiors have evolved, a move welcomed by residents of the surrounding Muslim-dominated areas.