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'File 32/7 (4/6) Bahrain Cinemas' [‎9r] (17/200)

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The record is made up of 1 file (100 folios). It was created in 7 Apr 1934-22 Jan 1949. It was written in English and Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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We most respectfully beg to be excused for the
liberty to venture to request that, subject to the approval
of the Government of Bahrain, we shall be highly obx^gec
if you will be graciously pleased to grant us permission
to enable us to organize and open a Cinema in Manamah, as
soon as possible#
2 . We are the proprietors of ••Koh-i-Nur" Cinema
wh ich was transferred to Muhammrah after one and a half
years show in Ahwaz six months ago. Thus our experience
in this line is large and varied and our business at
either places has been pretty successful.
3< The existing trade restrictions in Iran are,
however, disappointing,especially on account of the
attitude of the Persian Government towards the foreign
merchants { it will not be out of place to mention here
fV r your information that we hardly feel safe to invest
large sums of money in Bussiness in Iran nowadays.
4> T he need of a Cinema appears to be a long
felt want in the most progressive and much more mo .cm
Islands of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. chiefly on account
of the influx of large number of foreigners who are
Migrating into Uanamah day in and aay out.
5 . In conclusion We beg to request that should
it be possible for the permission sought for to be granteu
w0 us, we may also be permitted to let us have our own
electric engine installed here for the purpcs es of Cinema.
6 we quote Messrs. Asnraf Brothers as our
local reference.

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This file contains correspondence regarding the establishment of a cinema in Bahrain. The file contains correspondence between the Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. in Bahrain and Charles Belgrave, Adviser to the Government of Bahrain concerning the desirability of opening a cinema in the country and the logistics involved in doing so. The file contains a letter from April 1937 (in English and Arabic) in which Belgrave grants two members of the Al Khalifa family permission to establish a cinema in Bahrain.

The file contains a number of letters from other individuals and companies interested in establishing a cinema in the country (ff 9-11,14,28,58-59).

The file also contains documentation regarding the licensing and censorship of films as follows:

  • ordinance for licensing and controlling cinemas and other places of public amusement compiled by the Government of Bahrain (ff 66-69);
  • government of Bengal, Political Department, Manual of the Bengal Board of Censors, 1936 (ff 80-99).
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1 file (100 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to the rear of the file.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 100; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. An additional foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 2-57; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence. A mixed foliation/pagination sequence covers the file notes between ff 70-79. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out. Pagination: the file includes a booklet (ff 80-99) which contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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