This one is sheer delight. Also takes me way back to the times when I started putting down whatever I knew and have gathered from learned ones through this blog on Malayalam Cinema. THIS was something that was one of the top priorities in my mind, which I wanted to archive here. But then, other matters took precedence, and the enormity of the effort, for a moment must have overwhelmed me and it got filed away in the duty archives. So it gives nothing but absolute pleasure to learn about a group of highly dedicated and passionate group of Malayalam Movie lovers who are powering this initiative.
The Admin team at m3db.com, aims to archive every single surviving cinema in Kerala, standing or with its its skeleton intact, with its own history, anecdotes, in short, anything that can add to the ‘heritage’ of the building. They intend to do it through its community, inviting them to post photographs and textual content to these email addresses, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
So if you are in Kerala, and your local cinema is one that you pass through almost every day,
Here is what you should do on the weekend :
1. Take three or four frontage shots with your cellphone camera ( convenience !) or with a conventional camera.
2. Try chatting up the oldest attendant/Manager on the history of the place. Any memorable moments in the cinema’s history and the like, its biggest box-office collections, its founder. Anything that seems worthwhile.
3. Put them down as an e-mail, with your name and location, attach the photographs and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
I really, really hope this gets traction and gathers up steam. This is a necessary, commendable and meaningful initiative that deserves every shot of encouragement and participation, if you ask me.
Why ? Because, effectively, you are archiving for posterity, a part of your childhood and youth. And they would be an invaluable source of reference and learning for the coming generations.That is why.
One of the most memorable movie moments captured associated with our cinema ‘kottaka’s.