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Old Cinemas by Allen Eyles


Old Cinemas by Allen Eyles

No building type arouses more nostalgic affection than the traditional high street cinema, not only because of the impression made by the films on the screen and the havent if offered to courting couples, but also because of its own special atomosphere of expectations, relaxation and escape, usually enhanced by the decorative surroundings. Many picture huses were unremarkable, and some had decline to uncomfortable 'fleapits' but the cinema inspired architects and designers to create some of the most extravagant and some of the most avant-garde buildings erected in the twentieth century. Around 160 surviving English examples have become listed buildings. This book examines the rise and fall of the picture house in Britain before the advent of the dreary and unadventurous multiplex.

About the Author

Hooked on films from the age of eleven, Allen Eyles, decided to make a living from his passion for cinema. He has written many film books, including careers studies of the Marx Brothers, John Wayne, Rex Harrison and others. After he obsereved the destruction of several notable cinemas, he began documenting their history and has authored books about the Gaumont, ABC and Granada circuits and is currently at work on a two-volume history of Odeon cinemas.

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Publication date

1st May 2005


Allen Eyles

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Shire Publications an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


32 pages


Films, cinema



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