The Roxy Theatre, New York City, 1927-1961.

With its nearly 6,000 seats and multi-tiered balconies, the Roxy Theatre was the showplace of New York City and of the nation. Construction began on March 22, 1926 and it opened on March 11, 1927 with Gloria Swanson in “The Loves of Sonya”. It was designed by architect Walter W. Ahlschlager of Chicago (who also […]

The Capri Theatre, Adelaide has been operating since 1941.

The Capri Theatre was opened in 1941 as the New Goodwood Star Theatre. It was built by RJ Nurse and designed by architect Mr Chris Smith (Architect). The Theatre’s architectural style is art deco/modern. This style is highlighted by the curvaceous lines, circles and semi-circles, a feature of the Capri and of the 1940’s architectural […]

Cinema on Ice, Greenland.

On his most recent trip to Greenland, photographer Ciril Jazbec witnessed something magical—a photographic experience that made his “hairs stand on end.” He was there working on his project, On Thin Ice, a chapter in a larger body of work chronicling the effects of climate change on communities in low-lying regions. While in Uummannaq, (which […]

Musée Miniature et Cinéma.

by danielrthorne Robocop, tiny urban alleys, and gremlins are all just a part of the fascinating prop and miniature set collection held at the Musée Miniature et Cinéma. Founded by miniature setting artist Dan Ohlmann, the museum holds over a thousand pieces of down-scaled locations such as a school room and a fully-furnished dining room […]

Dome Cinema in Worthing, GB.

A wonderful example of a fantastic Edwardian period picture house. It opened on 15 April 1911 as a multi-purpose entertainment centre known as the Kursaal (which included use as a roller skating rink), and it also contained a 120 seat cinema located upstairs that was known as the Electric Theatre which opened on 7th October […]

The Golden Age of American Cinemas.

Photo by Franck Bohbot Photographer Franck Bohbot is a master of interior and exterior spaces. Whether it’s his attention-grabbing photographs of French pools, grand libraries, or humble basketball courts, for me, it was hard to decide which photo series to interview him about. In the end, I gravitated toward his pictures of American movie theaters […]

Screen Messages used in Movie Cinemas, c.1912.

The cinemas from the 1910s also used these informational messages to explain to the audience how to behave during the screening of a silent film. A nice set of vintage pictures created in 1912 by John D. Scott and Edward Van Altena, and published today by The Library of Congress. via Etiquette – Vintage screen […]

The Gas Lit Hyde Park Picture House.

The auditorium at Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds. Photograph: Tom Joy/Heritage Lottery Fund A tiny cinema that opened in Leeds within months of the outbreak of the first world war, now believed to be the only one in the world still lit by gas, has won a £2.4m heritage lottery grant to restore historic […]

The Alexandra Palace Theatre restored and open for business.

London, England The restored Alexandra Palace Theatre seen from within the projection room. Originally Opened in 1875, the Theatre was a place of spectacle and delight where audiences of up to 3,000 people were entertained by pantomime, opera, drama and ballet. A feat of Victorian engineering, the impressive stage machinery was designed so that performers […]

Washoe Theater, Anaconda 1936.

It may only show one movie at a time, but this quaint theater is not to be missed. It was the last theater in the United States constructed in the Nuevo Deco style, a form of Art Deco that also features elements of Art Nouveau. The Washoe Theater was designed circa 1930 by B. Marcus […]