Posts tagged cinema
Posts tagged cinema
State Theatre, Modesto, California
Photo by modestophography
Cool Deco theater in Modesto.
Background from Flickr:
1307 J Street
Construction Date: 1934
Architect/Designer: S. Charles Lee
Architectural Style: art deco
Original Use: theater
Brief description of the site or the structure and any major alternations from its original condition:
This art deco building has a san-serif marquee and a cantilevered overhang. The interior walls have the original murals intact. The existing seating configuration has gentle slop in the orchestra and a moderately sloped balcony. There are no major alterations from its original condition.
Historical and/or architectural importance:
This theater was built for George Mann and Morgan Walsh of San Francisco by Harry Bowen of Modesto. It opened on Christmas day, 1934, with a performance of “Flirtation Walk” featuring Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell with continuous performances from 9 am on.
Cine Arte Theater, Lisbon, Portugal
by Neil King
Magnificent 1930s Deco/Streamline cinema, still in use today.
Note to self: Go back and look for more pics of Lisbon, as I came across some stunning examples.
Smith’s Opera House, Geneva, New York
by Bill Badzo
Discovered this while looking for something in Geneva, Switzerland.
The interior was redone in the 30s, while the outside (shown below) is older:
Smith’s Opera House, also known as the Geneva Theater, is a historic theater building located at Geneva in Ontario County, New York. It was constructed in 1894 and is a three and a half story, detached brick and stone building. It was built by one of Geneva’s most respected citizens, William Smith. It was renovated in 1931 as a movie theater by architect Victor Rigaumount in a unique combination of Art Deco and Baroque motifs. The Geneva Theatre was renamed Smith Opera House in 1983.
NRHP Reference#: 02001454
82 Seneca St.,Geneva, New York
Cinema (Demolished), Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England
Portrait of a cinema no longer with us.
Meanwhile, this photographer’s photostream on Flickr has a lot of amazing black & white photography.
Plaza Theatre, Garland, Texas
by Visit Garland, Texas
Atlanta has a Deco Plaza Theatre and apparently so does Garland.
Since the 1940s, the elegant Plaza Theatre has been a landmark and focal point for Garland. Now, in its finest hour, the Plaza has been completely refurbished in the art deco style to reflect that bygone era. From the spacious domed lobby area featuring a spectacular chandelier, guests enter the 350-seat theatre equipped with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems. The Plaza provides the ultimate theatre-going experience enhanced with luxurious velvet seating and a motorized waterfall curtain. The Plaza Theatre provides a perfect setting for the finest in stage productions, concerts, business meetings, receptions and all other special events. for more information go to www.garlandtx.gov
Le Cinéma “Palace,” Avignon, France
There is quite a lot of really interested Deco in France, and I admit I need to post more of it. But for now, take a gander at this inspiring bit of theater front.
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