Kattookaran Warunny Joseph, born on November 26th 1871 in Ollur, Kerala, was the first bioscope exhibitor in Kerala. In early 1907, he purchased the first projector and a few movies from railway officer Vincent Paul who bought the setup from a French exhibitor, and had the first showcase in Thrissur, under the banner -Jose Bioscope. This first exhibition used a manual projector and a tent that could fit around hundred people at a time, showcasing videos of blooming flowers, horse races and the life of Christ with unrelated narrations that nevertheless astounded the crowd. He toured all of south India with Jose Bioscope and eventually established the first electrically operated film projection named Jose Electrical Bioscope, with the advent of electricity, in 1913. An unprecedented disaster struck when he lost his bioscope to a storm, when sailing from Mangalore after an exhibition. Not one to give up, K W Joseph, founded Royal Exhibitors company, in partnership with a few others. His eldest son Jose K Varghese followed his footstep and eventually founded Babysun Talkies, laying the foundation for film exhibition in Kerala. K W Joseph passed away on 26th May, 1925, leaving behind a legacy for the Malayalam Film Industry.
K.W.Joseph – Kattookaran Warunny Joseph
(Father of malayalam Cinema Theatre Industry)
First BIOSCOPE exhibitor in Thiru-kochi .
First BIOSCOPE projection @THRISSUR Thekkinkad Maidanam (poora parambu) was conducted by K.W.Joseph in 1907.
First electrically operated film projection also established by K.W.JOSEPH, named JOS ELECTRICAL BIOSCOPE at Trichur in 1913
JOS Theatre, 1st cinema theatre in Thrissur was established by K.J.Devassy, son of K. W. Joseph. Jos Theatre is still functioning in the place where it was established. It is now owned by Mr. Mohan Paul Kattookaran, grandson of K.J.Devassy. SAPNA Theatre (formerly RAMAVARMA Theatre, established in1932 by sri.Naganathan), which was bought by KD.PAUL in 1976, is also owned by Mr. MOHAN .
Thrissur Chalachitrakendram has established K. W. Joseph Lifetime Achievment AWARD to commemmorate the contributions of K. W. Joseph and to honor great minds working in various fields of Cinema.
P.K.NAIR (Former Curator,National Film Archives of India),
Archivist, Film Historian, father figure in ART FILM Industry in INDIA was selected for the first K. W. Joseph Lifetime Achievment AWARD.
To honor the meritorious service rendered by P. K. Nair, Thrissur Chalachitrakendram has published a book,
P. K. NAIR: Nalla Cinemayude Kaavalal written by Roshny Sapna
GIRISH KASARAVALLY ( DIRECTOR )
3rd Kattookaran Warunny Joseph Award 2015
MADHU ( ACTOR )
LENIN BHARATHI, Filmmaker for TAMIL MOVIE
Film Producer, General Pictures