Kabhi Ritz, Kabhie Palladium Collection

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

In 2004 the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry, put on “Kabhi Ritz, Kabhie Palladium; Coventry’s Asian Cinema Scene 1940s – 1980s.” This collection is derived from this exhibition. It includes emails between the Museum and SALIDAA, and publicity information. It also includes copies of “Kabhi Ritz Kabhie Palladium; a collection of memories” in English, Hindi and Punjabi. There are CDs containing photographs and an introduction, and a film on DVD.

Administrative / Biographical History

One of the objectives of Coventry Arts and Heritage is to explore the cultural heritage of all the communities within Coventry. Because of this an exhibition was held in 2004 at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum about Asian cinema in Coventry. This was thriving from the 1940s. In the post-war years there was very little entertainment aimed at the Asian community, and the cinemas provided not only films but also a valuable social facility.


Numbered items in folders and boxes.

Conditions Governing Access

Available to researchers, by appointment. Please email: special.collections@brunel.ac.uk, giving at least two working days notice.

Further details about access to our collections are available on our website.

Access to archive material is subject to preservation requirements and must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation.

Acquisition Information

SALIDAA deposited part of their archive with Brunel University Special Collections.

Other Finding Aids

A finding aid is available.

Archivist's Note

Described by Paula Gerrard with amendments by Katie Flanagan.

Conditions Governing Use

The material, unless otherwise indicated, is protected by copyright. You are unable to publish, in full or in part, without the permission of the copyright holder. However you may use the material as permitted under statutory exceptions in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, e.g. quote for purposes of scholarship within the limits of fair dealing.

Custodial History

This collection is part of the The South Asian Diaspora Literature and Arts Archive (SALIDAA) which was founded in 1999. The aim was to preserve sources and information about the contribution of the South Asian community to literature and arts in Britain.

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