The entry of the cinematograph
in the roster of urban entertainment was met with great enthusiasm by the Bombay press.
Article 201 2(b) of the Revised Penal Code which punishes "those who, in theaters, fairs, cinematographs
or any other place, exhibit, indecent or immoral plays, scenes, acts or shows, whether live or in film, which are prescribed by virtue hereof, shall include those which (1) glorify criminals or condone crimes; (2) serve no other purpose but to satisfy the market for violence, lust or pornography; (3) offend any race or religion; (4) tend to abet traffic in and use of prohibited drugs and (5) are contrary to law, public order, morals, and good customs, established policies, lawful orders, decrees and edicts.
Ten years later, confidence was still high, and they were offering "a large and varied stock of Pictorials" suitable for "Dramas, Comedies and Farcical Comedies, Burlesques and Comic Operas, Pantomimes, Comic Scenes and Dances, Circus, Acrobats, Menageries, Music Halls, Cinematographs, Music Hall and much more" (The Era 7 Sep.
The cinematograph was the main but not the only factor in this decline of theatrical printing.
At a weekend everyone must go on holiday from the studios and leave the cinematographs
running until Monday.
Before the cinematograph was invented," he remarked,
of Pushkin's Boris Godunov on the cinematograph show's