The Modern Theatres Ltd.

It is learnt that Modern Theaters Ltd was a motion picture movie studio at Salem started by Thiruchengodu Ramalingam Sundaram TRS in 1935. The studio produced over more than 150 movies until 1982 in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi, Sinhalese and even English of which Tamil movies were the majority.


The landmark was situated on nine acres on Yercaud road at Salem and was handed to a private construction firm for promoting flats and houses. The promoters, respecting its glorious past, have decided to dismantle the exquisitely designed stone arch carrying the legendary name of `Modern Theatres Limited' and erect it a few metres away with a new name, `Sundar Garden' as per `vasthu sasthra'. Other worn-out buildings, including studio houses and sheds, that figured in many movies are also being brought down. The arch is the only remaining of the glorious past.

T.R. Sundaram's grandson Mr. Suman Sundaram who is settled in Australia is currently looking to enter into the film making and follow his Grand Father's route in making successful new technology advancement in the Tamil film industry.

Also people have noticed many old cine artist passing through this site, stop their car for a while and remember their days on seeing the arch. The present view is displayed here.

These pictures were taken on May 2013

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