The Natraj Cinema was one of a handful across Leicester catering for Asian audiences.
It cost a million pounds to build and initially was hugely successful, as there was very little in the way of programming for Asian audiences on television and radio.
Some of the movie-goers who watched Bollywood films back then now live a stone's throw away and have fond memories of going to the cinema.
Hitesh Pujara, team leader at sheltered accommodation run by Leicester City Council, talks to Sameena Ali-Khan about his experiences of watching Bollywood while growing up in the city.
Indian films were an important social tool, helping many who had moved to the Midlands from South Asia and East Africa adjust to life in the UK.