Posts tagged cinema
Posts tagged cinema
B… Bujumbura… Burundi
Cinema, Bujumbura, Burundi
by Martin Callum
Deco cinema in Burundi, a landlocked nation in southeast Africa.
Thamada Cinema, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Photo by John Meckley
The photographer of this has traveled the world pursuing Deco — posted his pics of China and South America and other places — so not suprising I guess that he found Deco in Burma. I really didn’t expect I would find any examples I could post!
Night view of the very cool Thamada Cinema in Yangon ( Rangoon ), Myanmar ( Burma ).
Rm 5. Alanpya Pagoda Rd.. Corner of. Yaw Min Gyee St., Yaw Min Gyi Ward
Phone No : 246962. 246963. 252118
Nineteenth Street Theatre, Allentown, Pennsylvania
Photo by agilitynut
Giddy 1920s theater facade.
Wide shot from same photographer:
From Cinema Treasures:
The Nineteenth Street Theatre opened September 17, 1928 with 1,000 seats the silent movie “The Sawdust Paradise”. The theatre was designed by the Philadelphia firm of Thalheimer & Weitz. The Moller Deluxe pipe organ is still played today. The interior walls were painted green with gold and silver accents. The auditorium now seats 501.
Since the summer of 1957, the Civic Theatre of Allentown has owned the building and presented plays. The theatre has also served as Allentown’s art house movie theatre for several decades.
Restoration is ongoing. On October 7, 1994, the restored marquee was turned on and it looks just like it did on opening day. New restrooms have been built on the main floor, where stores used to be.
About 2004, a 100-seat black box theatre for live shows and movies opened across the street in a former warehouse building.
Cinema in Basingstoke, demolished 1999.
Lower Wote Street Cinema, Basingstoke
This was my childhood cinema. Opened as the Waldorf Cinema on 28th October 1935 with Fred Astaire in “Roberta”, it later closed in June 1977 for conversion to a twin screen cinema. I’ve fond memories of joining long queues that often snaked alongside the right side of the building, although occasionally this was a waste of time for screenings that were sold out by the time I reached the entrance
My most lasting memory of the cinema was to watch “Gremlins” with a handful of friends. The original 1984 release was a 15 certificate, and since we were only 12 and 13 years old only a handful of us got in. Those who didn’t look old enough were left to watch “Ghostbusters”, the other big Christmas release that year. In March 1990, the last film that I saw there was “Born on the Fourth of July”, and by September that year a new out-of-town Warner Village 10-screen multiplex had opened that effectively proved a death knell to the cinema
“Death Warrant” with Jean-Claude Van Damme was the last film to be screened, and the cinema finally closed on 21st February 1991. Before its demolition in August 1999, it was used as both a bingo hall and charity shop with ample space for secondhand furniture
Old Odeon in Loughborough, England.
Odeon Cinema, Loughborough. January 2013.
Summer prices 20 cents.
The Streamline Moderne El Miro Theatre on 3rd Street in Santa Monica, 1931. The theater was demolished, but the facade lives on, fronting an AMC multi-plex.
Lost movie palace.
The Warner Brothers Theater on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, 1931. Demolished in 1988.
Interior of the theater just posted.
Auditorium of the Vogue Theater, Hollywood, 1935.
Egyptian Theater, DeKalb, Illinois
by Terence Faircloth
Art deco theater building with glazed terra cotta ornamentation in DeKalb, Illinois. These lavishly decorated theaters were referred to as “Popcorn Palaces” by those who appreciated the style.
I’d like to interrupt the diner posts for just a second to report some news concerning an Art Deco landmark here in Atlanta, the Plaza Theatre on Ponce de Leon Avenue.
A vintage 1930s theater with two screens, the Plaza has managed to survive as an independent theater in a very tough market. The Plaza hosts several film festivals, regular special events (like Splatter Cinema), and shows/performs Rocky Horror every Friday at midnight. They also show all kinds of independent films and vintage films, whether it’s “Phantom of the Opera” (Lon Chaney) or “Stand by Me” or stuff that just won’t play in multiplexes. Anyway, there’s big news and for that, see below.
Here’s an update from the theater’s owners:
Starting December 27th the Plaza Theatre will be operating under new ownership. Michael Furlinger has had his eye on the Plaza for many years in the hopes of one day owning and operating it. Having spoken with him a few times over the last 6 years we have decided it will be best for the Plaza’s survival to pass the torch to him.
He has 30 years experience in the cinema business and has worked as an owner/operator as well as a film booker. He took his last theatre, the Terrace Theatre in Charleston, South Carolina from a struggling enterprise to a huge success with deep ties to the community. Furlinger’s plan for the Plaza Theatre is to use his expertise in film booking and close relationships with the studios to strengthen the feature programming while continuing the current popular special events such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Silver Scream Spookshow, Splatter Cinema, Taboo La-La, The Room, and Wonderroot’s Local Film Night.
The Plaza Theatre will also remain home to the revered Atlanta Film Festival, continuing their programming and workshops throughout the year. Furlinger has big plans for substantial renovations including new state of the art DCP digital projectors, brand new seats, and gourmet concessions. 35mm film is quickly being phased out and very soon the only way to show a movie in the theatre will be DCP so we are excited he is willing to make these investments to help the Plaza Theatre secure a place in the future of Atlanta.
As far as the Plaza Theatre Foundation is concerned, we are currently working with the Atlanta FIlm Festival and Michael about how that will still be able to contribute, but for now your memberships and passes will continue to be honored under the new ownership. Those of you who purchased stars for our Star Wall, I will be taking those stars and mounting them to plaques to give to each of you. The few of you who made donations to our buy a seat campaign, I can return your donation.
Thank you all so much for your support! It has been our honor to be a part of the Plaza’s history and we hope you feel the same way. We’ve accomplished what we originally set out to do which was to save the Plaza from becoming a drug store or something else and we couldn’t have done it with out you all. We wish Michael the best of luck and we hope you all will continue to be supporters of the Plaza. We can’t wait to see Atlanta’s oldest cinema not just survive, but thrive!
Jonathan & Gayle
As a member of the theater — which operates as a non-profit — I wish the theater all the best in the hands of the new ownership. I think there is so much further potential and of course I would love to see the interior further restored. There’s a lot of Deco left inside, but definitely TLC is needed.