Historical Documents

This page provides either documentary material hosted on this site or links to material on external sites.
The content is in the order below.

  • Posters, adverts and newspaper cuttings
  • Government documents
  • Legal (court cases)
  • Company-issued
  • Newspaper cuttings held by Singapore Press Holdings

Posters, adverts and newspaper cuttings (click to view)

Elphinstone Picture Palace Poster

Poster for “Nothing But the Truth” at the Elphinstone Picture Palace, Mount Road, Madras. 1921.

Newspaper advert for Ben Hur at the Elphinstone Picture Palace (1928)

Newspaper advert for Ben Hur at the Elphinstone Picture Palace, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1928. Image courtesy: Dr Vilasnee Tampoe-Hautin

Public Hall (later Empire Theatre) newspaper advert. Image Courtesy: Dr Vilasnee Tampoe-Hautin

Public Hall (later Empire Theatre, Colombo) newspaper advert. Image courtesy: Dr Vilasnee Tampoe-Hautin

Harishchandra-film-poster-elphinstone-bioscope

Poster from J F Madan’s exhibiting space, the Elphinstone Bioscope, 1917. Scan by Jayanta Nath (public domain)

Poster from J F Madan’s exhibiting space, the Elphinstone Bioscope (1919) (Scan by Jayanta Nath)

Poster from J F Madan’s exhibiting space, the Elphinstone Bioscope, 1919. Scan by Jayanta Nath (public domain)

Government documents (click to expand)

Report of the Indian Cinematographic Committee 1927-1928 (Government of India)
J J Madan was interviewed extensively for this report

Jamshedji Framjee Madan - OBE

Jamshedji Framji Madan OBE certificate. Image courtesy: Cyrus Madan. All Rights Reserved.

Legal (court cases)

Sreelal Mangtulal vs J.F. Madan on 20 June, 1924
Madan Theatres Ltd vs Ramkissen Kappor on 08 December, 1941

Company-issued documents (click to view)

J F Madan Co letter headed paper

J F Madan Co letter headed paper “wine and general merchant”. Image courtesy: Gool Madan Ardeshir. All Rights Reserved.

Madan Theatres letter headed paper

Madan Theatres letter headed paper “controlling a circuit of 100 cinemas”. Image courtesy: Gool Madan Ardeshir. All Rights Reserved.

Madan Theatres - Registrar of Companies. Image Courtesy: Gool Madan Ardeshir. All Rights Reserved

Madan Theatres – Registrar of Companies. Image Courtesy: Gool Madan Ardeshir. All Rights Reserved

Madan Theatres share certificate

Share certificate to a family relative, 1920. Image courtesy: Ashley Coates. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.5)

Reverse side to Madan Theatres Limited share certificate (1920)

Reverse side to Madan Theatres Limited share certificate (1920) Image courtesy: Ashley Coates. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.5)

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Accompanying document to Madan Theatres share certificate, 1920. Image courtesy: Ashley Coates. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.5)

List of original directors for Madan Theatres Ltd from 1919 Memorandum of Understanding. Image Courtesy: Gool Madan Ardeshir. All Rights Reserved.

List of original directors for Madan Theatres Ltd from 1919 Memorandum of Understanding. Image Courtesy: Gool Madan Ardeshir. All Rights Reserved.

Newspaper cuttings held by Singapore Press Holdings

“Talkies for Ceylon and India”
The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 21 November 1928, Page 2

“THEATRICALS IN INDIA – Mr H B Waring Forming a New Film Company”
The Straits Times, 14 February 1920, Page 10

FILM COMPANY IN BANGALORE: An Indian Hollywood
The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 10 April 1929, Page 2

Theatrical Adventures: New Project to Meet Eastern Demands
The Straits Times, 16 February 1924, Page 10

Public Amusements
The Straits Times, 25 August 1928, Page 10

Audacious Appeal for a War Fund
The Straits Times, 20 January 1916, Page 7

CINEMA WAR IN INDIA? American Film Companies’ Plans
The Straits Times, 9 November 1928, Page 10

PICKETING OF CINEMA HOUSES
The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 18 June 1930, Page 12

SREE KRISHNA LEENA
The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 17 June 1927, Page 9

Untitled
The Straits Times, 21 July 1925, Page 8

Untitled
The Straits Times, 14 August 1923, Page 8

THEATRICAL DEAL – Mr Warwick Major Parting with His Interests
The Straits Times, 13 November 1919, Page 2

ALL INDIA CINEMA DAY – Proceeds to Imperial Indian Relief Fund
The Straits Times, 19 May 1919, Page 10

Untitled
The Straits Times, 9 July 1915, Page 6

The Moving Picture World

“Elphinstone of Calcutta – a noted theater” June 9, 1917
A detailed description of the theatre, including interior and exterior images.

“Denies India is Backward” August 14, 1915
J F Madan writes a long letter to the Editor of The Moving Picture World

“Indian Notes” August 10, 1918

Times of India

Announcement of the contract between Pathe-Cinema and Madan Theatres, Ltd. August 12 1920

“A Madan Memorial: Calcutta Public’s Decision”, August 29 1923, page 10

“Mr J F Madan Dead: Big Cinema Proprietor”, June 30 1923, page 11

American Cinematographer

Mention of Madan theatres acquiring RCA equipment for recording sound – January 1931

The Statesman

“Death of Mr J F Madan: Striking Business Career”, June 29 1923

 

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