For a country never associated with opera, the existence of an opera house in India comes as a surprise. In fact, Bombay's Royal Opera House, which dates from 1912, is India's sole opera theatre. Unfortunately, this form of art never caught on in the age when cinema was a novelty that captured the imagination of the entire city, one that gave birth to Bollywood. As a result, not long after its completion, the Royal Opera House was converted into a cinema! It continued to operate as a cinema until the 1990s when its sad decaying state resulted in its closure. Nevertheless, the beautiful Neoclassical building gave its surrounding area the name "Opera House." Ask any taxi driver to take you to the Opera House and he will bring you to this neighbourhood, yet he will likely not know where the actual building is located.
The Royal Opera House is located near Chowpatty Beach, close to Grant Td Train Station. It was built in 1912 and is India's only opera house. As cinema became more and more popular, the Royal Opera House was modified so that films could be shown here. The building is now closed and is in quite a state of disrepair, as you can see by the photo's. It is now owned by the Maharaja of Gondal. The area around the theatre is referred to as Opera House in Mumbai.